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Three Simple Changes to Help Increase Energy Efficiency in Your Homes Windows

Three Simple Changes to Help Increase Energy Efficiency in Your Homes Windows

Your house could be wasting energy and it’s taking your money!

A power bill that inches higher and higher as the temperatures feel colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Greenfield. 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 basic steps you can take now to raise energy efficiency in your home windows.

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Decrease 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 escape 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 a low-cost solution to minor air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term fix, 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.

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Add Window Treatments to Block 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 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 light up 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 choice in the winter. Look into pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your room.

Shutters Provide Options From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency choices are installed inside your house.

Introducing 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 offer remote-controlled opening and closing. Make sure that shutters are measured and installed correctly to ensure they fit and work as intended.

With a pinch of planning and some small touches, you can reduce your utility bills by adjusting your home’s energy efficiency.

Still battling 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 impact your energy use.

Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Greenfield. Call (413) 829-0299 or stop by the Greenfield showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.

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