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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 squandering energy and it’s costing you money!

A power bill that creeps higher and higher as the temperatures get colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Providence. 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 dealing with high utility charges every year. Here are three easy steps you can take now to improve 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 in your window unit which can let cold air leak in and warm air slip out, making your heater work less efficiently.

Applying caulk around the outside of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is an inexpensive solution to small air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term adjustment, over time it can shrink 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 big 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 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 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 an effective heat-loss prevention strategy in the winter. Look into pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your room.

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

Adding shutters to the outside of your windows can help defend 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. Check that shutters are measured and installed properly to ensure they fit and work as intended.

With a little bit of planning and some small touches, you can knock down your utility bills by improving 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 reduce your energy use.

Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Providence. Call 508-413-3004 or stop by the Providence showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.

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