Monitoring heating costs doesn’t mean you need to switch your thermostat way down. There are a couple quick you can take to keep your Traverse City home cozy throughout the winter.
If you have old, leaky windows, now is an ideal time to think about replacing them. Did you know your home loses the majority of its conditioned air 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 total up quickly. The average home has enough leaks to be similar to having a medium-sized window wide open 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Traverse City, we’re dedicated to bettering energy efficiency. Learn how you can increase your home’s comfort by scheduling 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 costs in check.
- Book an energy audit through your utility company. It helps identify leaks and tips to enhance energy efficiency. This audit can be free or low cost, depending on where you live. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy bills.
- Add extra 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 advice for insulation during your energy audit.
- Plug attic leaks and spray expanding foam into crevices in your foundation. The energy audit can help find these leaks.
- Install a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility bills, depending on the brand.
- Set your ceiling fan to rotate clockwise, which will send heated air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep cold air in its place—outside. Buy or create ones to work with your windowsills or entryway.
- Select energy-efficient window solutions, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can reduce heat loss by 40 percent or more during cold weather. Insulated window quilts are equally as efficient and usually more sensibly priced.
- Benefit from southern-facing windows. Keep window coverings open during the day to let sunlight add comfort to the room. Close 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- Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient solutions from Pella.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 advantages than simply keeping utility costs reasonable.
- Help manage condensation.
- Last longer, because they control moisture that can cause your windows to deteriorate sooner.
- Increase 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 offer the right style for your area, regardless of 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 energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® styles come with dual panes, while some product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local Traverse City Pella professionals for more information.
We insert argon, a transparent, nontoxic gas denser than air, between the panes of glass. This provides more insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Redirect heat into your home into the winter
- Direct heat away from your home in the summer
- Block most of the sun’s dangerous UV rays, helping prevent 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* is suitable for a lot of climates. It’s a favorite 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 suited for northern climates. The special Low-E technology offers uniform 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 exceptional insulation from the cold while allowing the sun’s heat to flow in and warm your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our specialists at Pella of Traverse City can help you choose the right energy-efficient product and glass styles for your home. Come to our showroom or call our team at 231-538-2175. 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.