Your house could be squandering energy and it’s taking your money!
A power bill that sneaks higher and higher as the temperatures feel colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Jackson. 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 raise energy efficiency in your home windows.
Reduce Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafts around your window frames? There could be cracks in your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air escape 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 an inexpensive 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 identify 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 inside.
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 brighten your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from escaping.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a new look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is an effective heat-loss prevention option in the winter. Consider pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your windows.
Shutters Provide Options From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency solutions are installed inside your house.
Installing shutters to the outside of your windows can help safeguard against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even hits your window. Many brands of shutters can even feature remote-controlled opening and closing. Confirm that shutters are measured and installed properly to ensure they fit and work as intended.
With a little bit of planning and some small touches, you can cut your utility bills by adjusting your home’s energy efficiency.
Still dealing with cold air in your home? It might be time to consider 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 Jackson. Call 307-733-0535 or stop by the Jackson showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.