Your house could be wasting energy and it’s taking your money!
A power bill that creeps higher and higher as the temperatures feel colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Boise. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that increasing your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean choosing between replacing your windows or dealing with high utility charges every year. Here are three easy steps you can take now to increase energy efficiency in your home windows.
Reduce Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling a breeze around your window frames? There could be openings in your window unit which can let cold air leak in and warm air creep out, making your heater work less efficiently.
Adding caulk around the outer frame of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes little time and is a low-cost solution to small 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 Stop Drafts
Still noticing a draft? Your window treatments can also make a noticeable 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 offer can help block cold drafts in the winter, and prevent 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 disappearing.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a new look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a smart heat-loss prevention option in the winter. Consider pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your style.
Shutters Provide Help From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency options 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 gets to your window. Many brands of shutters can even include remote-controlled opening and closing. Make sure that shutters are measured and installed professionally to ensure they fit and work correctly.
With a small amount of planning and some small touches, you can knock down 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 cut your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Boise. Call 208-373-0002 or stop by the Boise showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.