Managing heating costs doesn’t mean you need to switch your thermostat on a cold temp. There are a few quick you can take to keep your Westerly home comfy throughout heating season.
If you have old, drafty windows, now is an ideal time to contemplate installing new ones. Did you know your home loses a lot of its heat through windows and doors?
Windows on their own can account for a 30 percent energy loss. And other minor leaks in your attic and basement can total up quickly. A standard home has enough leaks to be like having a medium-sized window ajar all day!
At Pella of Westerly, we’re passionate about 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 a couple of ways you can have a cozy home while keeping heating costs low.
- Book an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and ways to enhance 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 bills.
- 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 offer recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Stop attic leaks and spray expanding foam into cracks in your foundation. The energy audit can help find these problems.
- Buy a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility bills, depending on the brand.
- Set your ceiling fan to spin clockwise, which will send warm air down.
- Get a draft stopper to keep cold air in its place—outside. Buy or make ones to fit your windowsills or entryway.
- Choose energy-efficient window solutions, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can limit heat loss by 40 percent or more during heating season. Insulated window quilts are equally as functional and often more reasonable.
- Make the best use of southern-facing windows. Keep window coverings open during the day to let sunlight heat the room. Close 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- Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient products from Pella.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 simply keeping energy costs reasonable.
- Help handle condensation.
- Last longer, because they control condensation that can cause your windows to stop working more quickly.
- Improve indoor air quality.
- Lessen environmental impact by consuming less energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next stage with proprietary glass styles from Pella.
We have the right style for your climate, regardless of where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection presents the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s designed for certain climate types.
How it Works
Additional panes of glass provide more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® models come with dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Ask your local Westerly Pella professionals for more information.
We add argon, a colorless, nontoxic gas thicker than air, between the panes of glass. This gives extra insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Redirect heat into your home into the winter
- Redirect heat away from your home in the summer
- Stop most of the sun’s hazardous UV rays, helping end dulling 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* is suitable for the majority 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 ideal for northern climates. The unique Low-E technology delivers uniform insulation from moderate winters and pleasant summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is best for arctic climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It supplies superior insulation from the cold while letting the sun’s heat to flow in and add comfort to your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our professionals at Pella of Westerly can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass possibilities for your home. Stop by our showroom or reach out to our team at 401-315-7032. We can help take care of 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.