Your house could be seeping energy and it’s losing you money!
A power bill that inches higher and higher as the temperatures feel colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Binghamton. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that increasing your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean a choice between replacing your windows or putting up with high utility charges every year. Here are three easy steps you can take now to increase energy efficiency in your home windows.
Stop Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafts around your window frames? There could be gaps surrounding your window unit which can let cold air leak in and warm air escape out, making your heater work harder.
Adding caulk around the exterior of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is a low-cost solution to minor air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term adjustment, over time it can shrink and crack, making for inefficient windows. An annual window inspection can look for caulk problems and keep your windows at their most efficient.
Add Window Treatments to Block Drafts
Still feeling a draft? Your window treatments can also make a big difference in keeping warm air in your house.
Tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on your windows can improve energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they provide 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 brighten 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 an effective 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 choices are installed inside your house.
Introducing shutters to the outside of your windows can help protect against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even hits your window. Many brands of shutters can even offer remote-controlled opening and closing. Confirm 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 reduce your utility bills by adjusting your home’s energy efficiency.
Still battling 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 impact your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Binghamton. Call 607-296-0475 or stop by the Binghamton showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.