Your house could be squandering 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 Asheville. 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 putting up with high utility charges every year. Here are three simple steps you can take now to raise energy efficiency in your home windows.
Decrease Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling a breeze around your window frames? There could be gaps in your window unit which can let cold air leak in and warm air slip out, making your heater work more.
Installing caulk around the outer frame of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is a low-cost solution to slight 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 check for 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 big difference in keeping warm air in your room.
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 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 disappearing.
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 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 solutions 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 reaches 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 correctly.
With a little bit of planning and some small touches, you can knock down your utility bills by improving your home’s energy efficiency.
Still dealing with 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 impact your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Asheville. Call 828-202-8673 or stop by the Asheville showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.