Your house could be squandering energy and it’s losing you money!
A power bill that creeps higher and higher as the temperatures feel colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Scottsdale. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that increasing your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean choosing between replacing your windows or putting up with high utility charges every year. Here are three simple steps you can take now to increase energy efficiency in your home windows.
Reduce Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafts around your window frames? There could be gaps surrounding your window unit which can let cold air seep in and warm air escape out, making your heater work more.
Adding caulk around the outside of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes little time and is a low-cost solution to minor air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term adjustment, over time it can reduce 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 Stop 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 increase 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 brighten your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from escaping.
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 room.
Shutters Provide Help From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency solutions are installed inside your house.
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 include remote-controlled opening and closing. Make sure that shutters are measured and installed correctly to ensure they fit and work well.
With a little bit of planning and some small touches, you can knock down your utility bills by increasing your home’s energy efficiency.
Still dealing with 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 Scottsdale. Call 480-296-2022 or stop by the Scottsdale showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.