Your house could be squandering 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 Washington DC. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that increasing your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean a choice between replacing your windows or dealing with high utility charges every year. Here are three basic steps you can take now to raise energy efficiency in your home windows.
Stop Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling a breeze around your window frames? There could be cracks around your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air slip out, making your heater work less efficiently.
Applying caulk around the exterior of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes little time and is a low-cost solution to slight air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term fix, over time it can shrink 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 dealing with 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 increase 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 warm your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from escaping.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a impactful look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a smart heat-loss prevention choice 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 your house.
Introducing shutters to the outside of your windows can help safeguard 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. Confirm that shutters are measured and installed professionally to ensure they fit and work correctly.
With a small amount 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 think about 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 Washington DC. Call (202) 810-6799 or stop by the Washington DC showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.