Your house could be wasting energy and it’s costing you money!
A power bill that creeps higher and higher as the temperatures get colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Tucson. 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 putting up with high utility charges every year. Here are three simple 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 gaps around your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air creep out, making your heater work harder.
Applying caulk around the outer frame of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is an inexpensive solution to small air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term adjustment, 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 Block Drafts
Still dealing with a draft? Your window treatments can also make a noticeable difference in keeping warm air inside.
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 brighten 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 an effective heat-loss prevention strategy in the winter. Consider pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your windows.
Shutters Provide Defense From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency solutions are installed inside your house.
Adding 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 include remote-controlled opening and closing. Make sure that shutters are measured and installed correctly to ensure they fit and work as intended.
With a little bit of planning and some small touches, you can cut your utility bills by increasing 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 cut your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Tucson. Call 520-989-3300 or stop by the Tucson showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.