Your house could be wasting energy and it’s losing 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 Calgary. 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 basic steps you can take now to improve energy efficiency in your home windows.
Stop Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafty around your window frames? There could be gaps in your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air creep out, making your heater work more.
Installing caulk around the exterior of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes little time and is an inexpensive solution to slight 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 look for caulk problems and keep your windows at their most efficient.
Add Window Treatments to Stop Drafts
Still feeling 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 increase 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 new look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a great heat-loss prevention strategy in the winter. Look into pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your room.
Shutters Provide Defense From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency choices are installed inside the windows.
Adding shutters to the outside of your windows can help protect against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even reaches your window. Many brands of shutters can even offer remote-controlled opening and closing. Check that shutters are measured and installed properly to ensure they fit and work well.
With a pinch of planning and some small touches, you can cut 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 impact your energy use.
Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Calgary. Call 403-681-6363 or stop by the Calgary showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.