Monitoring heating costs doesn’t mean you need to switch your thermostat on a low temp. There are a couple easy steps you can take to keep your Boone home cozy throughout heating season.
If you have old, poorly fitted windows, now is a good time to think about installing new ones. Did you realize your home leaks most of its warmth through windows and doors?
Windows on their own can amount to a 30 percent energy loss. And other small leaks in your attic and basement can add up fast. A normal home has enough leaks to be similar to keeping a medium-sized window wide open 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Boone, we’re passionate about bettering energy efficiency. Find out how you can increase your home’s comfort by requesting a free consultation.
9 Ways to Keep Energy Bills Low and Stay Warm
Here are several ways you can have a warm home while keeping heating expenses in check.
- Book an energy audit through your utility company. It helps identify leaks and tips to enhance energy efficiency. This audit can be free or reasonable, depending on where you live. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy bills.
- Add more insulation in your attic. Depending on where you live, your home should have at least 6–13 inches of loose fill or 7–19 inches of fiberglass. Your utility company can provide recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Plug attic leaks and spray expanding foam into cracks in your foundation. The energy audit can help find these leaks.
- Get a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility expenses, depending on the brand.
- Adjust your ceiling fan to move the other way, which will move warm air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep cold air where it should go—outside. Buy or build ones to work with your windowsills or entryway.
- Choose energy-efficient window solutions, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can decrease heat loss by 40 percent or more during cold weather. Insulated window quilts are similarly as effective and usually more reasonable.
- Take advantage of southern-facing windows. Keep curtains open during the day to let sunlight heat the room. Close them at night to cover the cold glass.
- Replace aging or single-pane windows with energy-efficient solutions from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more advantages than just keeping utility costs reasonable.
- Help control condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle water that can cause your windows to break down more quickly.
- Increase indoor air quality.
- Lower environmental impact by needing a smaller amount of energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next step with exclusive glass solutions from Pella.
We provide the right option for your climate, wherever where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection presents the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s created for specific climate types.
How it Works
Additional panes of glass provide more protection for your home. Many Pella® styles are available with dual panes, while certain product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local Boone Pella professionals for more information.
We add argon, a clear, nontoxic gas denser than air, between the panes of glass. This gives additional insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Redirect heat into your home into the winter
- Direct heat away from your home in the summer
- Stop most of the sun’s hazardous UV rays, helping prevent bleaching to your furniture
3 Pella® Glass Options that Perform Well in Cold Winters
1. Advanced Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
Advanced Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon1* works for the majority of climates. It’s a favorite choice because it shields well from the cold and the heat.
2. AdvancedComfort Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
AdvancedComfort Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon1** is best for northern climates. The exclusive Low-E technology offers even insulation from chilly winters and temperate summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is ideal for arctic climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It provides superior insulation from the cold while letting the sun’s heat to come in and add comfort to your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our specialists at Pella of Boone can help you choose the right energy-efficient product and glass styles for your home. Visit our showroom or call our team at 828-202-8489. We can help answer any questions you have.
1 Available on pine products only.
2 Optional high-altitude Low-E insulating glass does not contain argon in most products. Please see your local Pella® sales representative for more information.
* Advanced Low-E dual-pane glass available on all Pella windows and patio doors. Advanced Low-E triple-pane glass available on all Pella Lifestyle Series windows except double-hung windows, Architect Series®, Pella 350 Series windows and patio doors, and Pella 250 Series windows.
** AdvancedComfort Low-E dual-pane glass available on Architect Series, Pella Lifestyle Series and Pella Impervia® windows and patio doors. AdvancedComfort Low-E triple-pane glass available on all Pella Lifestyle Series windows except double-hung windows and patio doors.
*** NaturalSun Low-E dual-pane glass available on Architect Series, Pella Lifestyle Series, Pella Impervia, Pella 350 Series, Encompass by Pella (ThermaStar by Pella) windows and patio doors and Pella 250 Series windows. NaturalSun Low-E triple-pane glass available on Pella Lifestyle Series windows except double-hung, Architect Series and Pella 350 Series windows and patio doors and Pella 250 Series windows.