Your house could be wasting energy and it’s taking your money!
A power bill that inches higher and higher as the temperatures drop colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Salt Lake City. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that updating your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean choosing between replacing your windows or dealing 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 a breeze around your window frames? There could be openings around your window unit which can let cold air leak in and warm air slip out, making your heater work less efficiently.
Adding caulk around the exterior of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is an inexpensive solution to minor 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 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 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 offer 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 light up your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from leaving.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a new look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a great heat-loss prevention option in the winter. Look into pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your style.
Shutters Provide Help From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency solutions are installed inside the windows.
Installing shutters to the outside of your windows can help defend against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even reaches your window. Many brands of shutters can even include remote-controlled opening and closing. Confirm that shutters are measured and installed professionally to ensure they fit and work well.
With a small amount of planning and some small touches, you can knock down your utility bills by improving 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 impact your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Salt Lake City. Call 385-203-8083 or stop by the Salt Lake City showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.