Monitoring heating costs doesn’t mean you need to turn your thermostat on a cold temp. There are a couple quick you can take to keep your Grand Rapids home cozy throughout the winter.
If you have old, poorly fitted windows, now is an ideal time to contemplate installing new ones. Were you aware your home lets out the majority of its heat 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 quickly. The average home has enough leaks to be comparable to having a medium-sized window ajar 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Grand Rapids, we’re dedicated to enhancing energy efficiency. Find out how you can increase 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 cozy home while keeping heating bills down.
- Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps identify leaks and ways to boost energy efficiency. This audit can be free or reasonable, depending on where you live. 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 least 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 crevices in your foundation. The energy audit can help find these leaks.
- Install a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility costs, depending on the model.
- Set your ceiling fan to move the other way, which will move hot air down.
- Get a draft stopper to keep cold air where it belongs—outside. Buy or create ones to fit 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 in the winter. Insulated window quilts are equally as efficient and usually less expensive.
- Benefit from southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight heat the room. Draw 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 upsides than simply keeping heating and cooling costs reasonable.
- Help control condensation.
- Last longer, because they control water that can cause your windows to deteriorate sooner.
- Increase indoor air quality.
- Lower environmental impact by consuming 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 offer the right solution for your climate, wherever 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 deliver more defense for your home. Many Pella® styles include dual panes, while certain product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Ask your local Grand Rapids Pella professionals for more details.
We include argon, a transparent, nontoxic gas denser than air, between the panes of glass. This provides more insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Redirect 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 end dulling to your flooring
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 favorite 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 ideal for northern climates. The exclusive Low-E technology offers uniform insulation from chilly winters and temperate 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 supplies superior insulation from the cold while letting the sun’s heat to flow in and heat your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our experts at Pella of Grand Rapids can help you find the right energy-efficient product and glass possibilities for your home. Stop by our showroom or call our team at 616-201-0206. 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.