Your house could be squandering energy and it’s taking your money!
A power bill that creeps higher and higher as the temperatures drop colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Murray. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that updating your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean choosing between replacing your windows or dealing with high utility charges every year. Here are three simple steps you can take now to raise energy efficiency in your home windows.
Decrease Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafty around your window frames? There could be gaps around your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air escape out, making your heater work harder.
Adding caulk around the outer frame of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes hardly any time and is a cost-effective solution to small air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term adjustment, over time it can contract and crack, making for inefficient windows. An annual window inspection can check for caulk problems and keep your windows at their most efficient.
Add Window Treatments to Stop Drafts
Still dealing with a draft? Your window treatments can also make a significant difference in keeping warm air in your room.
Tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on your windows can increase energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they create can help block cold drafts in the winter, and reduce sun exposure in the summer.
When the sun comes out, you can open your drapes or blinds to let sunlight come in and light up your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from leaving.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a impactful look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a smart heat-loss prevention choice in the winter. Look into pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your windows.
Shutters Provide Help From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency choices are installed inside the windows.
Installing shutters to the outside of your windows can help safeguard against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even reaches your window. Many brands of shutters can even offer remote-controlled opening and closing. Check that shutters are measured and installed professionally to ensure they fit and work as intended.
With a small amount of planning and some small touches, you can cut your utility bills by increasing your home’s energy efficiency.
Still fighting cold air in your home? It might be time to look into replacing your windows. Replacement windows are more energy efficient than older windows, which can reduce your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Murray. Call 270-216-5253 or stop by the Murray showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.