Your house could be seeping 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 Champaign. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that updating your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean deciding between replacing your windows or putting up with high utility charges every year. Here are three easy steps you can take now to raise energy efficiency in your home windows.
Stop Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling a breeze around your window frames? There could be cracks around your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air creep out, making your heater work more.
Applying caulk around the outer frame of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is an inexpensive solution to slight air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term solution, over time it can reduce 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 feeling a draft? Your window treatments can also make a significant difference in keeping warm air inside.
Tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on your windows can improve 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 impactful look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is an effective heat-loss prevention choice in the winter. Think about pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your windows.
Shutters Provide Help From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency options are installed inside the windows.
Introducing shutters to the outside of your windows can help protect against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even reaches your window. Many brands of shutters can even offer remote-controlled opening and closing. Make sure that shutters are measured and installed properly to ensure they fit and work correctly.
With a small amount of planning and some small touches, you can cut 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 cut your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Champaign. Call 217-356-6474 or stop by the Champaign showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.