Your house could be squandering energy and it’s losing you money!
A power bill that inches higher and higher as the temperatures drop colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Baton Rouge. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that updating 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 easy steps you can take now to increase energy efficiency in your home windows.
Decrease Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafts around your window frames? There could be cracks surrounding your window unit which can let cold air seep in and warm air creep out, making your heater work harder.
Adding caulk around the outside 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 solution, over time it can reduce 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 Block Drafts
Still dealing with a draft? Your window treatments can also make a significant 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 prevent 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 stylish look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a smart heat-loss prevention option in the winter. Consider pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your room.
Shutters Provide Help From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency solutions are installed inside the room.
Installing shutters to the outside of your windows can help defend 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. Check that shutters are measured and installed professionally to ensure they fit and work well.
With a small amount of planning and some small touches, you can reduce your utility bills by improving your home’s energy efficiency.
Still battling cold air in your home? It might be time to look into 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 Baton Rouge. Call (225) 424-8681 or stop by the Baton Rouge showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.