Do you look at your utility bills?
Many of us don’t pay attention to them.
We link the accounts to online bill pay, check them occasionally and forget about them. They need to be paid to keep our homes running efficiently, so that’s all we worry about.
But most families don’t realize that they might be paying far above what is normal for a home and family of their size.
If your home is older, poorly insulated, or damaged in certain ways you may be losing much of your home’s energy and air conditioning through walls and windows. This means your utilities are working overtime and you are paying for much more energy than you should need.
One of the first and easiest places to look is to your windows. Sure, your home may need some structural changes, remodels, or repairs, but those take a lot of time and money. Windows are a more manageable point of attack and can make a serious difference in your utility savings.
Here are three ways you can better insulate your windows for maximum savings:
Check the Fit and Seal of Your Windows
This is the first step, because anything else you do will be ineffective if your windows have structural problems.
Often windows aren’t hung properly, or don’t fit the frames well. This can be from shoddy workmanship, age, damage, or other factors. Sometimes it’s just the seal which has aged or separated. Fixing these problems is a critical first step and will prevent air conditioning and outside weather from going where it isn’t welcome.
Insulation curtains usually feature a couple of layers that prevent your expensive air conditioning from leeching outside, and keeps outside elements from impacting your inside temperature.
Sun reflective surfaces immediately facing the window can make a huge difference. They also look beautiful in your home and can make your house more energy efficient.
Window Clings & Coatings
A highly effective step is to coat your windows with a protective layer that prevents the transfer of heat and energy.
If you live in a hot climate it can reflect sunlight and heat from coming into your home. In a cold climate, it can add an extra layer of insulation to keep your expensive heat from transferring through glass windows in your home.
Start looking at your utility bill – especially as it’s increased or changed over time. If you’re concerned that you might be paying more than is reasonable, it might be time to look at the windows in your home. Upgrading your window insulation is a simple way to make your home more energy efficient and save you money over time.
If you want to know what options are available to you to save money on your utility bills, contact Mountain States Windows & Siding today.