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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 costing you money!

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

The good news is that updating your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean deciding between replacing your windows or suffering with high utility charges every year. Here are three easy steps you can take now to increase energy efficiency in your home windows.

Ways to increase windows' energy efficiency

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

Installing caulk around the outside of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes little time and is an inexpensive solution to small air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term adjustment, 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.

Add Window Treatments to Block Drafts
Still dealing with a draft? Your window treatments can also make a significant difference in keeping warm air inside.

Tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on your windows can increase 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 brighten your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from leaving.

Draperies or blinds can also bring a stylish look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is an effective 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 Options 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 hits your window. Many brands of shutters can even offer remote-controlled opening and closing. Make sure that shutters are measured and installed professionally to ensure they fit and work well.

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

Still fighting 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 cut your energy use.

Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Hingham. Call 781-826-8005 or stop by the Hingham showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.

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