Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you need to set your thermostat way down. There are a few easy steps you can take to keep your Lafayette home comfy throughout cold weather.
If you have outdated, leaky windows, now is an ideal time to consider getting new ones. Did you realize your home lets out most of its heat through windows and doors?
Windows solely can account for a 30 percent energy loss. And other seemingly insignificant leaks in your attic and basement can add up fast. A standard home has enough leaks to be similar to leaving a medium-sized window open every day!
At Pella of Lafayette, we’re passionate about improving energy efficiency. Learn how you can boost your home’s comfort by requesting 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 expenses in check.
- Book an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find leaks and methods to boost energy efficiency. This audit can be free or inexpensive, 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 minimum 6–13 inches of loose fill or 7–19 inches of fiberglass. Your utility company can make recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Seal attic leaks and spray expanding foam into cracks in your foundation. The energy audit can help locate these problems.
- Buy a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility bills, depending on the model.
- Switch your ceiling fan to rotate left to right, which will move heated air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep frigid air where it belongs—outside. Buy or build ones to suit your windowsills or entryway.
- Choose energy-efficient window solutions, 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 less expensive.
- Take advantage of southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight heat the room. Draw them at night to cover the cold glass.
- Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient solutions from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more benefits than only keeping energy bills reasonable.
- Help handle condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle water that can cause your windows to stop working sooner.
- Improve indoor air quality.
- Lower environmental impact by needing not as much energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next level with special glass styles 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 created for distinct climate types.
How it Works
More panes of glass provide more protection for your home. Many Pella® options come with dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local Lafayette Pella professionals for more specifics.
We insert argon, a clear, nontoxic gas thicker than air, between the panes of glass. This gives extra 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 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* is suitable for a lot of climates. It’s a popular alternative 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 best for northern climates. The unique Low-E technology provides even insulation from cool winters and temperate 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 delivers superior insulation from the cold while letting the sun’s heat to circulate and heat your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our specialists at Pella of Lafayette can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass possibilities for your home. Visit our showroom or reach out to our team at 317-983-5804. 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.