Your house could be seeping energy and it’s taking your money!
A power bill that sneaks higher and higher as the temperatures feel colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Lethbridge. 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 dealing 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 a breeze around your window frames? There could be openings around your window unit which can let cold air leak in and warm air slip out, making your heater work harder.
Applying caulk around the exterior of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is an inexpensive solution to small air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term adjustment, 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 dealing with 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 help 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 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 option in the winter. Consider pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your room.
Shutters Provide Defense From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency options are installed inside the room.
Adding 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 feature remote-controlled opening and closing. Confirm that shutters are measured and installed professionally 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 battling 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 Lethbridge. Call 403-328-2517 or stop by the Lethbridge showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.