Your house could be wasting energy and it’s taking your money!
A power bill that inches higher and higher as the temperatures drop colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Woburn. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean a choice between replacing your windows or dealing with high utility charges every year. Here are three basic steps you can take now to improve energy efficiency in your home windows.
Stop Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafty around your window frames? There could be gaps surrounding your window unit which can let cold air leak in and warm air slip out, making your heater work less efficiently.
Installing caulk around the outside of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes hardly any time and is a cost-effective solution to minor air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term fix, over time it can shrink 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 Prevent Drafts
Still noticing 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 improve energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they offer 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 escaping.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a stylish look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a smart heat-loss prevention strategy 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 options are installed inside the windows.
Introducing shutters to the outside of your windows can help defend against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even hits your window. Many brands of shutters can even include remote-controlled opening and closing. Check that shutters are measured and installed correctly to ensure they fit and work correctly.
With a little bit of planning and some small touches, you can cut your utility bills by adjusting your home’s energy efficiency.
Still battling cold air in your home? It might be time to think about replacing your windows. Replacement windows are more energy efficient than older windows, which can cut your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Woburn. Call 781-935-4947 or stop by the Woburn showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.