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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 wasting energy and it’s losing you money!

A power bill that creeps higher and higher as the temperatures feel colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Annapolis. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.

The good news is that updating your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean a choice between replacing your windows or putting up with high utility charges every year. Here are three simple 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 openings in your window unit which can let cold air leak in and warm air escape out, making your heater work harder.

Applying caulk around the exterior of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes little time and is a low-cost solution to slight 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 check for caulk problems and keep your windows at their most efficient.

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Add Window Treatments to Stop Drafts
Still feeling a draft? Your window treatments can also make a noticeable 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 offer can help block cold drafts in the winter, and reduce sun exposure in the summer.

When the sun comes out, you can open your drapes or blinds to let sunlight come in and warm 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 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 style.

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

Introducing shutters to the outside of your windows can help safeguard 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. Confirm that shutters are measured and installed professionally to ensure they fit and work well.

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

Still battling 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 reduce your energy use.

Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Annapolis. Call 240-293-1068 or stop by the Annapolis showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.