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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 sneaks higher and higher as the temperatures drop colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in St. Paul. 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 suffering with high utility charges every year. Here are three basic steps you can take now to increase energy efficiency in your home windows.

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

Applying caulk around the outer frame of the window, which is part of a normal installation, takes little time and is a cost-effective solution to minor 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 check for caulk problems and keep your windows at their most efficient.

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Add Window Treatments to Prevent Drafts
Still feeling a draft? Your window treatments can also make a significant difference in keeping warm air in your house.

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 decrease 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 room.

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

Installing shutters to the outside of your windows can help protect 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. Check that shutters are measured and installed correctly to ensure they fit and work correctly.

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

Still battling 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 cut your energy use.

Find out more about energy efficiency in your windows by talking to the pros at Pella of St. Paul. Call 651-213-9049 or stop by the St. Paul showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.