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 Santa Fe. 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 dealing with high utility charges every year. Here are three simple steps you can take now to raise energy efficiency in your home windows.
Reduce Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling a breeze around your window frames? There could be cracks surrounding your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air escape out, making your heater work more.
Applying 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 minor 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 noticing a draft? Your window treatments can also make a big difference in keeping warm air in your house.
Tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on your windows can improve energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they create 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 escaping.
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 choice in the winter. Think about pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your style.
Shutters Provide Defense From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency choices are installed inside the room.
Adding shutters to the outside of your windows can help protect against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even hits your window. Many brands of shutters can even feature remote-controlled opening and closing. Check that shutters are measured and installed professionally to ensure they fit and work well.
With a little bit of planning and some small touches, you can reduce your utility bills by adjusting your home’s energy efficiency.
Still fighting 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 Santa Fe. Call 505-373-1286 or stop by the Santa Fe showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.