There’s no doubt about it, temperatures are definitely getting cooler and the cold of winter will soon be approaching. While there’s nothing that you can do to stop that, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that your home is as energy-efficient, and maintains warmth, this season.
While window treatments aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when you’re thinking about ways to increase the temperature in your house, it is a huge contributor to the ways that you’re able to save money and maintain heat inside your home.
Here are a few of the ways that you can work towards improving the efficiency of your home as temperatures drop.
Sealing Your Windows
Windows are the main area of the home that winds up creating a lack of efficiency. From the glass that they’re made of to the inability to fully seal off any cracks that are in a home, windows are really one of the biggest challenges when it comes to making sure that you’re making the most of the energy that you’re using. The sealant around your windows is one of the main areas where the air will escape, so the best thing that you can do is check it to see if there are any visible cracks or any areas where you can feel cool air pushing its way through.
If you do feel any air coming through the cracks, what you need to do is reapply a seal to the cracks so that this is no longer an issue. By doing so, this little crack is no longer able to let cool air in, which will make a huge difference.
Replace Your Blinds
Your window coverings have a much larger effect on how well your home is able to maintain than you might think. One of the most vulnerable places in your home is the sealant around your windows. This is an area of your home that ought to be sealed as tightly as possible, but over time it definitely loses some of that sealant and is an extremely common, and easy way for the air inside of your home to slip out, and cooler air to slip in.
While the cracks may be so small that you may not even notice them, that’s all that it takes to have any warmth escape. Aside from the step that we listed above for re-sealing the cracks of your windows, updating the blinds, or window treatment, that you have on your window will greatly increase the efficiency of your home. This is a quick and easy way to create a barrier between your windows and the rest of your home.
In the same way that you layer your clothes up in the cooler months of the year, you should layer up your windows. If you don’t already have a combo of blinds and drapes, then this is the time to do so! Your blinds will provide a great barrier from the cool air and temperature drop that you’ll get from your windows, but by drawing your drapes at night you’ll see that this tactic can increase the warmth of your room.
If you sleep one night with the curtains drawn, and one with them closed, we know that you’ll notice a difference. Rather than let that cool air in and let it affect the temperature of your home in these colder months, layer up and make the most of the hard work your HVAC system is doing.
There are so many different things that you can do to increase the efficiency of your home, and we know that it’s absolutely going to be necessary as temperatures drop. As winter continues, we will continue to visit this topic and how your window treatments play into it.
One of the great things about window coverings is that there are so many to choose from that you can always find a window treatment that suits your needs and your style. Zinga’s Home Solutions provides Indianapolis with the high-quality treatments they need by bringing them straight to the home and helping you find what you need. If you’re in the market for treatments for your window, contact us today and we’ll schedule an appointment to visit your home.