Monitoring heating costs doesn’t mean you need to switch your thermostat on a cold temp. There are several easy steps you can take to keep your Southern Pines home comfortable throughout cold weather.
If you have outdated, drafty windows, now is an ideal time to consider getting new ones. Did you realize your home lets out a lot of its conditioned air through windows and doors?
Windows on their own can account for a 30 percent energy loss. And other seemingly insignificant leaks in your attic and basement can add up rapidly. A normal home has enough leaks to be like leaving a medium-sized window wide open 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Southern Pines, we’re dedicated to improving energy efficiency. Discover how you can boost 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 comfortable home while keeping heating expenses down.
- Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps identify leaks and methods to boost energy efficiency. This audit can be free or inexpensive, depending on your utility company. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy expenses.
- Add more 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 offer recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Plug attic leaks and spray expanding foam into crevices in your foundation. The energy audit can help locate these problems.
- Get a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility expenses, depending on the model.
- Adjust your ceiling fan to spin left to right, which will send heated air down.
- Use 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 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 comparably as efficient and usually less expensive.
- Take advantage of southern-facing windows. Keep window coverings open during the day to let sunlight warm the room. Draw them at night to cover the cold 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- Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient options from Pella.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 upsides than simply keeping heating and cooling expenses low.
- Help control condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle water that can cause your windows to deteriorate more quickly.
- Improve indoor air quality.
- Lessen 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 solutions from Pella.
We provide the right solution for your area, no matter where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection gives the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s designed for distinct climate types.
How it Works
Additional panes of glass deliver more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® options include dual panes, while certain product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local Southern Pines Pella professionals for more information.
We insert argon, a transparent, nontoxic gas heavier than air, between the panes of glass. This gives 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 prevent 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* works for many climates. It’s a preferred choice 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 best for northern climates. The unique Low-E technology delivers balanced insulation from cool winters and temperate summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is suited for arctic climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It supplies excellent insulation from the cold while letting the sun’s heat to come in and warm your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our professionals at Pella of Southern Pines can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass possibilities for your home. Visit our showroom or contact our team at 910-444-0729. 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.