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 Ketchum. 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 increase energy efficiency in your home windows.
Reduce Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafts around your window frames? There could be openings around your window unit which can let cold air seep in and warm air escape out, making your heater work harder.
Installing caulk around the exterior 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 contract 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 Prevent Drafts
Still feeling 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 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 light up your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from disappearing.
Draperies or blinds can also bring a new look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is an effective heat-loss prevention choice in the winter. Think about 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 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 reaches your window. Many brands of shutters can even include remote-controlled opening and closing. Check that shutters are measured and installed properly to ensure they fit and work as intended.
With a small amount of planning and some small touches, you can reduce your utility bills by adjusting your home’s energy efficiency.
Still dealing with 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 cut your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Ketchum. Call 208-726-0060 or stop by the Ketchum showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.