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Three Simple Changes to Help Increase Energy Efficiency in Your Home’s Windows

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Your house could be seeping 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 Winston-Salem. 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 suffering with high utility charges every year. Here are three simple steps you can take now to increase energy efficiency in your home windows.

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Decrease Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafty around your window frames? There could be cracks in your window unit which can let cold air seep in and warm air escape out, making your heater work more.

Adding caulk around the outside of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is an inexpensive solution to slight air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term fix, over time it can shrink and crack, making for inefficient windows. An annual window inspection can look for caulk problems and keep your windows at their most efficient.

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Add Window Treatments to Prevent Drafts
Still feeling a draft? Your window treatments can also make a significant difference in keeping warm air in your house.

Tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on your windows can increase energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they provide 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 brighten your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from escaping.

Draperies or blinds can also bring a stylish look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a great 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 the room.

Installing 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 offer remote-controlled opening and closing. Check that shutters are measured and installed properly to ensure they fit and work correctly.

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 fighting 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 reduce your energy use.

Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Winston-Salem. Call 336-203-0704 or stop by the Winston-Salem showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.