Your house could be seeping energy and it’s losing you money!
A power bill that inches higher and higher as the temperatures get colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Overland Park. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that increasing your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean a choice between replacing your windows or suffering with high utility charges every year. Here are three basic steps you can take now to improve energy efficiency in your home windows.
Reduce Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling a breeze around your window frames? There could be gaps in your window unit which can let cold air seep in and warm air slip out, making your heater work less efficiently.
Installing caulk around the exterior of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes hardly any time and is a low-cost 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 Prevent Drafts
Still feeling a draft? Your window treatments can also make a significant 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 provide can help block cold drafts in the winter, and prevent 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 disappearing.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a stylish 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 room.
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 defend 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 professionally to ensure they fit and work well.
With a small amount 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 Overland Park. Call 913-246-5101 or stop by the Overland Park showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.