Your house could be seeping energy and it’s costing you money!
A power bill that inches higher and higher as the temperatures feel colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Albuquerque. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that increasing your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean deciding between replacing your windows or suffering 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 drafts around your window frames? There could be gaps surrounding your window unit which can let cold air seep in and warm air creep out, making your heater work more.
Adding caulk around the outer frame of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes hardly any time and is a cost-effective solution to slight air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term adjustment, 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 dealing with a draft? Your window treatments can also make a significant difference in keeping warm air in your house.
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 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 an effective heat-loss prevention choice in the winter. Consider pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your windows.
Shutters Provide Options 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 hits 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 as intended.
With a small amount 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 think about 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 Albuquerque. Call 505-373-1296 or stop by the Albuquerque showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.