Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you must switch your thermostat on a cold temp. There are a couple quick you can take to keep your Rochester home comfy throughout cold weather.
If you have old, drafty windows, now is an ideal time to consider replacing them. Were you aware your home leaks a lot of its warmth through windows and doors?
Windows alone can be responsible for a 30 percent energy loss. And other minor leaks in your attic and basement can count up quickly. The average home has enough leaks to be similar to having a medium-sized window ajar 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Rochester, we’re dedicated to improving energy efficiency. Discover how you can improve your home’s comfort by booking 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 down.
- Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps identify leaks and methods to boost energy efficiency. This audit can be free or inexpensive, depending on where you live. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy bills.
- Add additional 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 crevices in your foundation. The energy audit can help locate these problems.
- Get a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility expenses, depending on the type.
- Adjust your ceiling fan to move the other way, which will move hot air down.
- Get a draft stopper to keep cold air where it should go—outside. Buy or build ones to suit your windowsills or entryway.
- Pick energy-efficient window solutions, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can reduce heat loss by 40 percent or more in the winter. Insulated window quilts are similarly as effective and often more reasonable.
- Benefit from southern-facing windows. Keep window coverings open during the day to let sunlight add comfort to the room. Shut them at night to cover the cold glass.
- Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient products from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more advantages than simply keeping heating and cooling expenses in check.
- Help handle condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle moisture that can cause your windows to deteriorate prematurely.
- Increase indoor air quality.
- Reduce environmental impact by needing a smaller amount of energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next stage with special glass solutions from Pella.
We have the right solution for your weather, regardless of where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection offers the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s created for distinct climate types.
How it Works
More panes of glass give more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® models are available with dual panes, while some product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local Rochester Pella professionals for more details.
We include argon, a colorless, nontoxic gas heavier than air, between the panes of glass. This gives more 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
- Filter most of the sun’s harmful UV rays, helping end fading to your flooring
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* is suitable for many climates. It’s a favorite choice because it insulates well from the cold and the heat.
2. AdvancedComfort Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
AdvancedComfort Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon1** is suited for northern climates. The exclusive Low-E technology delivers even insulation from chilly winters and pleasant 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 delivers excellent insulation from the cold while allowing the sun’s heat to flow in and heat your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our experts at Pella of Rochester can help you find the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Come to our showroom or contact our team at 507-847-1060. 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.