Managing heating costs doesn’t mean you need to switch your thermostat on a cold temp. There are a couple easy steps you can take to keep your St. Paul home cozy throughout cold weather.
If you have old, leaky windows, now is an ideal time to consider replacing them. Were you aware your home loses most of its warmth through windows and doors?
Windows alone can account for a 30 percent energy loss. And other seemingly insignificant leaks in your attic and basement can count up fast. A standard home has enough leaks to be comparable to leaving a medium-sized window ajar 24 hours a day!
At Pella of St. Paul, we’re passionate about 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 warm home while keeping heating costs low.
- Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and tips to increase 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 costs.
- 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 make recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Stop attic leaks and spray expanding foam into crevices 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 bills, depending on the type.
- Adjust your ceiling fan to move the other way, which will move hot air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep cold air where it should go—outside. Buy or build ones to fit your windowsills or entryway.
- Pick energy-efficient window treatments, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can limit heat loss by 40 percent or more during cold weather. Insulated window quilts are equally as effective and usually less expensive.
- Make the best use of southern-facing windows. Keep curtains open during the day to let sunlight heat the room. Close 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 advantages than simply keeping utility bills low.
- Help manage condensation.
- Last longer, because they manage water that can cause your windows to stop working more quickly.
- Enhance indoor air quality.
- Lower environmental impact by consuming less energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next stage with proprietary glass options from Pella.
We have the right solution 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
Additional panes of glass give more defense for your home. Many Pella® styles are available with dual panes, while certain product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local St. Paul Pella professionals for more information.
We add argon, a clear, nontoxic gas thicker than air, between the panes of glass. This provides more insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Send 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 fading 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 best for northern climates. The unique Low-E technology offers even 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 supplies excellent insulation from the cold while allowing the sun’s heat to flow in and add comfort to your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our experts at Pella of St. Paul can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Stop by our showroom or reach out to our team at 651-213-9049. 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.