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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 taking your money!

A power bill that creeps higher and higher as the temperatures drop colder and colder isn’t just a winter fact of life in Newport. It’s a sign of energy inefficiency.

The good news is that increasing your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t mean deciding between replacing your windows or suffering 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 cracks around your window unit which can let cold air leak in and warm air creep out, making your heater work harder.

Installing caulk around the outer frame 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 fix, 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 dealing with a draft? Your window treatments can also make a big difference in keeping warm air inside.

Tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on your windows can help energy efficiency in both the summer and winter, as the insulation they create 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 warm your room. Close them at night to keep warm air from disappearing.

Draperies or blinds can also bring a new look to a room. Using a combination of blinds and draperies is a smart heat-loss prevention choice in the winter. Look into pull-down shades as another option, as they can be custom-fitted to your windows.

Shutters Provide Options From Outside
Not all energy-efficiency options are installed inside your house.

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

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 look into 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 Newport. Call 401-314-0814 or stop by the Newport showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.

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