Your house could be squandering energy and it’s losing you money!
A power bill that creeps higher and higher as the temperatures feel colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Davenport. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean a choice between replacing your windows or suffering with high utility charges every year. Here are three simple steps you can take now to improve energy efficiency in your home windows.
Decrease Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafty around your window frames? There could be cracks surrounding your window unit which can let cold air leak in and warm air escape out, making your heater work less efficiently.
Adding 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 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 look for caulk problems and keep your windows at their most efficient.
Add Window Treatments to Prevent Drafts
Still feeling a draft? Your window treatments can also make a noticeable difference in keeping warm air in your house.
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 warm your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from leaving.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a new look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a smart 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 Help From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency solutions are installed inside your house.
Introducing shutters to the outside of your windows can help defend against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even reaches your window. Many brands of shutters can even offer remote-controlled opening and closing. Check that shutters are measured and installed properly to ensure they fit and work correctly.
With a pinch of planning and some small touches, you can knock down your utility bills by improving your home’s energy efficiency.
Still battling 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 Davenport. Call 563-202-8576 or stop by the Davenport showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.