Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you must set your thermostat on a cold temp. There are several simple you can take to keep your Murray home cozy throughout heating season.
If you have old, poorly fitted windows, now is an ideal time to think about replacing them. Did you realize your home loses a lot of its heat through windows and doors?
Windows alone can be responsible for a 30 percent energy loss. And other small leaks in your attic and basement can add up rapidly. A normal home has enough leaks to be like keeping a medium-sized window wide open 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Murray, we’re committed to enhancing energy efficiency. Find out how you can improve your home’s comfort by scheduling 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 bills low.
- Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps identify leaks and ways to increase energy efficiency. This audit can be free or reasonable, 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 minimum 6–13 inches of loose fill or 7–19 inches of fiberglass. Your utility company can provide 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 leaks.
- Install a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility expenses, depending on the type.
- Switch your ceiling fan to spin clockwise, which will send heated air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep frigid air where it belongs—outside. Buy or build ones to fit your windowsills or entryway.
- Select energy-efficient window treatments, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can decrease heat loss by 40 percent or more during cold weather. Insulated window quilts are equally as efficient and often less expensive.
- Take advantage of southern-facing windows. Keep window coverings open during the day to let sunlight heat the room. Shut them at night to cover the chilly glass.
- Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient options from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more advantages than just keeping utility costs in check.
- Help control condensation.
- Last longer, because they control condensation that can cause your windows to break down more quickly.
- Improve indoor air quality.
- Reduce environmental impact by needing not as much energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next step with exclusive glass solutions 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 targeted for certain climate types.
How it Works
More panes of glass deliver more protection for your home. Many Pella® styles come with dual panes, while certain product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local Murray Pella professionals for more specifics.
We add argon, a colorless, nontoxic gas denser 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
- Redirect heat away from your home in the summer
- Filter most of the sun’s harmful UV rays, helping end bleaching 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 popular 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 suited for northern climates. The special Low-E technology provides even insulation from cool winters and pleasant 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 provides excellent 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 experts at Pella of Murray can help you find the right energy-efficient product and glass styles for your home. Come to our showroom or contact our team at 270-216-5253. 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.