Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you need to turn your thermostat on a low temp. There are a few easy steps you can take to keep your Raleigh home cozy throughout the winter.
If you have outdated, poorly fitted windows, now is a great time to think about installing new ones. Did you know your home loses a lot of its conditioned air through windows and doors?
Windows solely can amount to a 30 percent energy loss. And other small leaks in your attic and basement can add up fast. The average home has enough leaks to be comparable to having a medium-sized window ajar all day!
At Pella of Raleigh, we’re dedicated to bettering 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 cozy home while keeping heating bills in check.
- Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and ways to increase energy efficiency. This audit can be free or inexpensive, depending on your location. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy expenses.
- Add extra insulation in your attic. Depending on where you live, your home should have at the very least 6–13 inches of loose fill or 7–19 inches of fiberglass. Your utility company can provide suggestions 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 leaks.
- Get a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility expenses, depending on the brand.
- Set your ceiling fan to rotate clockwise, which will push hot air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep frigid air in its place—outside. Buy or make ones to fit 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 during heating season. Insulated window quilts are equally as efficient and generally 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 aging or single-pane windows with energy-efficient products from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more benefits than only keeping heating and cooling expenses in check.
- Help handle condensation.
- Last longer, because they control moisture that can cause your windows to stop working sooner.
- Improve indoor air quality.
- Lower environmental impact by needing a smaller amount of energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next step with special glass styles from Pella.
We offer the right solution for your climate, wherever where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection gives the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s created for certain climate types.
How it Works
More panes of glass provide more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® options include dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local Raleigh Pella professionals for more details.
We include argon, a clear, nontoxic gas thicker than air, between the panes of glass. This provides additional insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Redirect heat into your home into the winter
- Direct heat away from your home in the summer
- Filter most of the sun’s harmful 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* is compatible with a lot of climates. It’s a preferred choice 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 special Low-E technology offers balanced insulation from cool winters and temperate summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is ideal for snowy climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It supplies superior insulation from the cold while letting the sun’s heat to come in and heat your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our specialists at Pella of Raleigh can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass styles for your home. Come to our showroom or call our team at 919-324-0196. 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.