Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you need to turn your thermostat way down. There are a few simple you can take to keep your Annapolis home cozy throughout cold weather.
If you have outdated, leaky windows, now is a good time to contemplate installing new ones. Did you realize your home loses a lot of its warmth through windows and doors?
Windows solely can account for a 30 percent energy loss. And other minor leaks in your attic and basement can count up rapidly. A standard home has enough leaks to be similar to having a medium-sized window open 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Annapolis, we’re committed to bettering energy efficiency. Find out 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 few ways you can have a cozy home while keeping heating costs down.
- Book an energy audit through your utility company. It helps identify leaks and methods to increase 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 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 cracks in your foundation. The energy audit can help discover these problems.
- Buy a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility bills, depending on the type.
- Adjust your ceiling fan to move left to right, which will send heated air down.
- Get a draft stopper to keep cold air where it belongs—outside. Buy or build ones to work with 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 during cold weather. Insulated window quilts are equally as efficient and usually more sensibly priced.
- Benefit from southern-facing windows. Keep curtains open during the day to let sunlight warm the room. Shut them at night to cover the cold glass.
- Replace aging or single-pane windows with energy-efficient solutions from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more advantages than only keeping energy expenses reasonable.
- Help manage condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle condensation that can cause your windows to break down prematurely.
- Improve indoor air quality.
- Reduce environmental impact by using a smaller amount of energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next stage with special glass styles from Pella.
We provide the right option for your climate, no matter where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection presents the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s created for distinct climate types.
How it Works
More panes of glass deliver more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® models include dual panes, while some product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local Annapolis Pella professionals for more information.
We insert argon, a clear, nontoxic gas heavier than air, between the panes of glass. This provides additional insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Reflect heat into your home into the winter
- Move heat away from your home in the summer
- Block most of the sun’s hazardous UV rays, helping avoid bleaching 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 many climates. It’s a favorite alternative 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 special Low-E technology offers balanced insulation from chilly 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 provides exceptional insulation from the cold while allowing the sun’s heat to come in and heat your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our professionals at Pella of Annapolis can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass styles for your home. Come to our showroom or call our team at 240-293-1068. 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.