Monitoring heating costs doesn’t mean you need to switch your thermostat on a cold temp. There are a few simple you can take to keep your Petoskey home comfy throughout cold weather.
If you have aging, leaky windows, now is a good time to think about replacing them. Did you realize your home leaks most of its warmth through windows and doors?
Windows on their own can amount to a 30 percent energy loss. And other small leaks in your attic and basement can add up rapidly. The average home has enough leaks to be similar to keeping a medium-sized window ajar all day!
At Pella of Petoskey, we’re dedicated to improving energy efficiency. Discover 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 several ways you can have a comfortable home while keeping heating costs low.
- Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find 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 costs.
- Add extra 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 make recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Plug attic leaks and spray expanding foam into cracks in your foundation. The energy audit can help discover these issues.
- Install a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility bills, depending on the type.
- Switch your ceiling fan to spin the other way, which will move hot air down.
- Use a draft stopper to keep chilly air where it should go—outside. Buy or build ones to work with your windowsills or entryway.
- Choose energy-efficient window coverings, 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 often more reasonable.
- Take advantage of southern-facing windows. Keep window coverings open during the day to let sunlight add comfort to the room. Draw them at night to cover the cool glass.
- Replace aging or single-pane windows with energy-efficient solutions from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more benefits than simply keeping heating and cooling costs low.
- Help manage condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle water that can cause your windows to break down prematurely.
- Improve indoor air quality.
- Lessen environmental impact by needing a smaller amount of energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next level with exclusive glass options from Pella.
We provide the right style for your weather, no matter where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection offers the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s targeted for certain climate types.
How it Works
Additional panes of glass deliver more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® options include dual panes, while some product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local Petoskey Pella professionals for more details.
We add argon, a clear, nontoxic gas denser than air, between the panes of glass. This gives more 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 harmful UV rays, helping end 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 suitable for the majority of climates. It’s a popular 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 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 suited for snowy climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It delivers excellent insulation from the cold while allowing the sun’s heat to come in and heat your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our professionals at Pella of Petoskey can help you choose the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Stop by our showroom or reach out to our team at 231-622-4417. 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.