Your house could be seeping energy and it’s costing you money!
A power bill that sneaks higher and higher as the temperatures get colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Lafayette. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean deciding between replacing your windows or suffering with high utility charges every year. Here are three simple steps you can take now to increase energy efficiency in your home windows.
Decrease Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafts around your window frames? There could be gaps in your window unit which can let cold air leak in and warm air creep out, making your heater work more.
Applying caulk around the exterior of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes little time and is a cost-effective solution to minor air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term solution, over time it can contract and crack, making for inefficient windows. An annual window inspection can identify caulk problems and keep your windows at their most efficient.
Add Window Treatments to Prevent Drafts
Still dealing with a draft? Your window treatments can also make a noticeable difference in keeping warm air in your house.
Tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on your windows can help energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they create can help block cold drafts in the winter, and decrease sun exposure in the summer.
When the sun comes out, you can open your drapes or blinds to let sunlight come in and warm your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from disappearing.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a stylish look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a great heat-loss prevention option in the winter. Think about pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your room.
Shutters Provide Options From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency solutions are installed inside your house.
Introducing shutters to the outside of your windows can help safeguard against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even gets to your window. Many brands of shutters can even include remote-controlled opening and closing. Confirm that shutters are measured and installed properly to ensure they fit and work well.
With a pinch of planning and some small touches, you can knock down your utility bills by improving 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 reduce your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Lafayette. Call 317-983-5804 or stop by the Lafayette showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.