Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you must switch your thermostat way down. There are a couple simple you can take to keep your Winston-Salem home comfy throughout heating season.
If you have aging, drafty windows, now is a great time to contemplate installing new ones. Were you aware your home leaks most of its warmth through windows and doors?
Windows alone can account for a 30 percent energy loss. And other small leaks in your attic and basement can total up quickly. The average home has enough leaks to be comparable to leaving a medium-sized window open all day!
At Pella of Winston-Salem, we’re dedicated to enhancing energy efficiency. Discover how you can boost your home’s comfort by booking 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 low.
- Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find leaks and tips to increase 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 expenses.
- Add more 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 make recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Seal attic leaks and spray expanding foam into crevices in your foundation. The energy audit can help locate these leaks.
- Buy a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility expenses, depending on the type.
- Set your ceiling fan to rotate left to right, which will push hot air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep chilly air where it should go—outside. Buy or create ones to suit your windowsills or entryway.
- Select energy-efficient window solutions, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can decrease heat loss by 40 percent or more in the winter. Insulated window quilts are comparably as effective and generally more sensibly priced.
- Take advantage of southern-facing windows. Keep window coverings open during the day to let sunlight heat 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- Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient products from Pella.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 upsides than only keeping energy costs reasonable.
- Help control condensation.
- Last longer, because they control water that can cause your windows to break down more quickly.
- Enhance indoor air quality.
- Lower environmental impact by using less energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next stage with proprietary glass options from Pella.
We offer the right style 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
More panes of glass deliver more protection for your home. Many Pella® options come with dual panes, while some product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local Winston-Salem Pella professionals for more information.
We add argon, a clear, nontoxic gas heavier than air, between the panes of glass. This provides extra insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Send heat into your home into the winter
- Move heat away from your home in the summer
- Block most of the sun’s dangerous UV rays, helping avoid dulling 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* works for the majority of climates. It’s a popular option 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 best for northern climates. The special Low-E technology provides uniform insulation from cool winters and mild summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is best for frigid climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It delivers superior insulation from the cold while permitting the sun’s heat to flow in and warm your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our specialists at Pella of Winston-Salem can help you find the right energy-efficient product and glass styles for your home. Come to our showroom or contact our team at 336-203-0704. 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.