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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 costing you money!

A power bill that inches higher and higher as the temperatures get colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Grand Rapids. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.

The good news is that improving 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.

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Stop Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafts around your window frames? There could be openings around your window unit which can let cold air seep in and warm air slip out, making your heater work harder.

Installing caulk around the outer frame of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes hardly any time and is a cost-effective 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 identify caulk problems and keep your windows at their most efficient.

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Add Window Treatments to Block Drafts
Still dealing with 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 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 new look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is an effective heat-loss prevention choice in the winter. Consider pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your windows.

Shutters Provide Help From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency options are installed inside the room.

Introducing shutters to the outside of your windows can help safeguard against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even reaches your window. Many brands of shutters can even feature remote-controlled opening and closing. Make sure that shutters are measured and installed professionally to ensure they fit and work as intended.

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

Still dealing with 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 Grand Rapids. Call 616-201-0206 or stop by the Grand Rapids showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.