Your house could be wasting energy and it’s taking your 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 South Portland. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean choosing between replacing your windows or suffering with high utility charges every year. Here are three basic steps you can take now to improve energy efficiency in your home windows.
Stop Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafts around your window frames? There could be cracks in your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air escape out, making your heater work harder.
Adding caulk around the outer frame of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is a cost-effective 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 Prevent Drafts
Still noticing 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 increase energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they create 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 stylish look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is an effective heat-loss prevention option in the winter. Look into pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your windows.
Shutters Provide Help From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency options are installed inside your house.
Adding shutters to the outside of your windows can help safeguard 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. Make sure that shutters are measured and installed properly to ensure they fit and work correctly.
With a small amount of planning and some small touches, you can cut your utility bills by adjusting your home’s energy efficiency.
Still dealing with 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 South Portland. Call 207-517-2331 or stop by the South Portland showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.