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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 taking your money!

A power bill that inches higher and higher as the temperatures drop colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Springfield. 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 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 a breeze around your window frames? There could be cracks in your window unit which can let cold air sneak in and warm air escape out, making your heater work more.

Applying caulk around the exterior of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes almost no time and is a cost-effective solution to small air leaks. While caulk can be a long-term solution, over time it can shrink 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 big difference in keeping warm air in your room.

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 light up your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from leaving.

Draperies or blinds can also bring a impactful 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 room.

Shutters Provide Defense From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency solutions are installed inside the room.

Introducing shutters to the outside of your windows can help protect 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 properly to ensure they fit and work well.

With a pinch 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 impact your energy use.

Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of Springfield. Call 217-793-0550 or stop by the Springfield showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.

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