Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you have to switch your thermostat way down. There are several simple you can take to keep your Springfield home comfy throughout cold weather.
If you have outdated, drafty windows, now is an ideal time to think about getting new ones. Were you aware your home loses a lot of its warmth through windows and doors?
Windows on their own can be responsible for a 30 percent energy loss. And other minor leaks in your attic and basement can count up quickly. A normal home has enough leaks to be like keeping a medium-sized window ajar all day!
At Pella of Springfield, we’re dedicated to improving 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 few ways you can have a warm home while keeping heating expenses low.
- Book an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find leaks and methods to boost energy efficiency. This audit can be free or low cost, depending on where you live. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy costs.
- Add extra 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 make suggestions for insulation during your energy audit.
- Seal attic leaks and spray expanding foam into holes 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 model.
- Set your ceiling fan to spin left to right, which will move heated air down.
- Get a draft stopper to keep frigid air where it belongs—outside. Buy or create ones to work with your windowsills or entryway.
- Select energy-efficient window coverings, 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 efficient and usually less expensive.
- Make the best use of southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight warm the room. Draw them at night to cover the cold glass.
- Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient solutions from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more upsides than just keeping energy costs reasonable.
- Help manage condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle water that can cause your windows to deteriorate more quickly.
- Increase indoor air quality.
- Lower environmental impact by using not as much energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next level with proprietary glass styles from Pella.
We offer the right option for your area, wherever where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection offers the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s designed for distinct climate types.
How it Works
More panes of glass give more protection for your home. Many Pella® options include dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Ask your local Springfield Pella professionals for more information.
We add argon, a transparent, nontoxic gas denser than air, between the panes of glass. This offers additional insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Reflect heat into your home into the winter
- Direct heat away from your home in the summer
- Stop most of the sun’s harmful UV rays, helping end 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 many 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 exclusive Low-E technology delivers uniform insulation from chilly winters and temperate summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is suited for snowy climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It delivers excellent insulation from the cold while letting the sun’s heat to come in and warm your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our specialists at Pella of Springfield can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Visit our showroom or contact our team at 217-793-0550. 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.