Your house could be seeping energy and it’s losing you money!
A power bill that creeps higher and higher as the temperatures get colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Falls Church. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that updating 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.
Decrease Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafty around your window frames? There could be cracks 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 exterior of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes little time and is an inexpensive solution to slight 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 dealing with a draft? Your window treatments can also make a noticeable 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 provide 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 new look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a smart heat-loss prevention strategy in the winter. Consider pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your room.
Shutters Provide Defense From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency solutions are installed inside the windows.
Installing 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. Check that shutters are measured and installed professionally to ensure they fit and work well.
With a pinch of planning and some small touches, you can cut 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 Falls Church. Call 301-354-3689 or stop by the Falls Church showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.