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

The good news is that increasing 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 basic steps you can take now to raise energy efficiency in your home windows.

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Reduce Air Leaks with Caulk
Feeling drafty around your window frames? There could be openings surrounding your window unit which can let cold air leak in and warm air slip out, making your heater work less efficiently.

Installing caulk around the outside of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes hardly any time and is an inexpensive solution to small air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term adjustment, over time it can reduce 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 noticeable difference in keeping warm air in your room.

Tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on your windows can help 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 escaping.

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 choice in the winter. Think about 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 your house.

Installing shutters to the outside of your windows can help safeguard against cold weather, be it snow or storms, before the air even gets to your window. Many brands of shutters can even offer remote-controlled opening and closing. Confirm that shutters are measured and installed correctly to ensure they fit and work correctly.

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

Still dealing with 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 Edmonton. Call 780-439-9344 or stop by the Edmonton showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.