Your house could be seeping energy and it’s taking your money!
A power bill that sneaks higher and higher as the temperatures drop colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Kingston. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that updating 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 improve energy efficiency in your home windows.
Stop Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafty around your window frames? There could be gaps surrounding your window unit which can let cold air leak 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 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 look for caulk problems and keep your windows at their most efficient.
Add Window Treatments to Prevent Drafts
Still noticing a draft? Your window treatments can also make a big difference in keeping warm air in your house.
Tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on your windows can help energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they offer 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 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 strategy 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 options are installed inside the room.
Introducing shutters to the outside of your windows can help protect against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even gets to your window. Many brands of shutters can even offer remote-controlled opening and closing. Check that shutters are measured and installed correctly to ensure they fit and work correctly.
With a little bit of planning and some small touches, you can reduce your utility bills by increasing 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 Kingston. Call 845-663-1025 or stop by the Kingston showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.