Your house could be wasting energy and it’s taking your money!
A power bill that creeps higher and higher as the temperatures drop colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Minneapolis. 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 dealing 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 drafty around your window frames? There could be cracks in your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air slip out, making your heater work less efficiently.
Adding caulk around the exterior of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes hardly any time and is a cost-effective solution to minor 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 check 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 noticeable difference in keeping warm air inside.
Tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on your windows can improve energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they create 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 leaving.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a impactful 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 style.
Shutters Provide Options From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency solutions are installed inside the windows.
Adding shutters to the outside of your windows can help protect against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even hits 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 as intended.
With a pinch of planning and some small touches, you can cut your utility bills by increasing your home’s energy efficiency.
Still fighting 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 Minneapolis. Call 612-249-7371 or stop by the Minneapolis showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.