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 El Paso. 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 dealing with high utility charges every year. Here are three basic steps you can take now to increase energy efficiency in your home windows.
Reduce Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafty around your window frames? There could be openings in your window unit which can let cold air seep in and warm air creep out, making your heater work more.
Applying caulk around the outside of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes little time and is a cost-effective solution to small air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term fix, over time it can contract 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 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 improve energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they offer 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 stylish look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a smart heat-loss prevention choice 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 choices are installed inside your house.
Adding shutters to the outside of your windows can help safeguard 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. Check that shutters are measured and installed properly to ensure they fit and work correctly.
With a little bit 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 think about 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 El Paso. Call 915-833-3066 or stop by the El Paso showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.