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 San Antonio. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.
The good news is that increasing your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean choosing between replacing your windows or dealing with high utility charges every year. Here are three simple steps you can take now to increase 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 creep out, making your heater work less efficiently.
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 reduce 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 dealing with a draft? Your window treatments can also make a noticeable difference in keeping warm air in your room.
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 impactful look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a smart heat-loss prevention strategy in the winter. Think about pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your room.
Shutters Provide Options From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency options are installed inside your house.
Installing shutters to the outside of your windows can help safeguard against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even gets to your window. Many brands of shutters can even feature remote-controlled opening and closing. Check that shutters are measured and installed properly to ensure they fit and work well.
With a small amount 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 cut your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of San Antonio. Call (210) 622-8673 or stop by the San Antonio showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.