Managing heating costs doesn’t mean you have to turn your thermostat on a low temp. There are several easy steps you can take to keep your Kalamazoo home cozy throughout cold weather.
If you have old, drafty windows, now is an ideal time to contemplate 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 add up quickly. The average home has enough leaks to be like keeping a medium-sized window wide open all day!
At Pella of Kalamazoo, we’re dedicated to improving energy efficiency. Learn how you can improve your home’s comfort by requesting a free consultation.
9 Ways to Keep Energy Bills Low and Stay Warm
Here are a couple of ways you can have a comfortable home while keeping heating bills in check.
- Book an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and ways to boost energy efficiency. This audit can be free or reasonable, depending on your utility company. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy expenses.
- Add extra insulation in your attic. Depending on where you live, your home should have at minimum 6–13 inches of loose fill or 7–19 inches of fiberglass. Your utility company can offer recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Seal attic leaks and spray expanding foam into cracks in your foundation. The energy audit can help discover these issues.
- Install a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility costs, depending on the model.
- Adjust your ceiling fan to move left to right, which will move heated air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep frigid air in its place—outside. Buy or make ones to work with your windowsills or entryway.
- Select energy-efficient window solutions, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can limit heat loss by 40 percent or more during cold weather. Insulated window quilts are equally as effective and usually more reasonable.
- Take advantage of southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight warm the room. Shut them at night to cover the chilly glass.
- Replace old or single-pane windows with energy-efficient options from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more advantages than just keeping energy expenses low.
- Help control condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle water that can cause your windows to break down more quickly.
- Increase indoor air quality.
- Reduce environmental impact by consuming less energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next level with special glass options from Pella.
We provide the right solution for your weather, wherever where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection gives the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s created for certain climate types.
How it Works
Extra panes of glass give more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® styles come with dual panes, while certain product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local Kalamazoo Pella professionals for more specifics.
We insert argon, a clear, nontoxic gas thicker than air, between the panes of glass. This gives more insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Send heat into your home into the winter
- Redirect heat away from your home in the summer
- Block most of the sun’s harmful UV rays, helping avoid fading to your carpet
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 a lot of climates. It’s a preferred option 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 special Low-E technology provides uniform insulation from chilly winters and pleasant summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is suited for frigid climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It provides exceptional insulation from the cold while allowing the sun’s heat to circulate and warm your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our experts at Pella of Kalamazoo can help you choose the right energy-efficient product and glass possibilities for your home. Stop by our showroom or contact our team at 269-215-4157. We can help resolve 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.