Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you need to set your thermostat on a low temp. There are several easy steps you can take to keep your Portsmouth home cozy throughout heating season.
If you have old, drafty windows, now is a great time to think about installing new ones. Did you realize your home loses a lot of its heat through windows and doors?
Windows solely can amount to 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 leaving a medium-sized window open 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Portsmouth, we’re passionate about improving energy efficiency. Find out 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 a couple of ways you can have a comfortable home while keeping heating bills down.
- Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find leaks and ways to boost 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 costs.
- 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.
- Stop attic leaks and spray expanding foam into cracks 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 brand.
- Set your ceiling fan to move clockwise, which will move heated air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep frigid air where it should go—outside. Buy or make ones to suit your windowsills or entryway.
- Select 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 comparably as functional and generally less expensive.
- Take advantage of southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight add comfort to 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 benefits than just keeping heating and cooling bills reasonable.
- Help control condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle moisture that can cause your windows to stop working 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 special glass styles from Pella.
We offer the right solution for your climate, regardless of where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection presents the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s designed for certain climate types.
How it Works
More panes of glass provide more defense for your home. Many Pella® models include dual panes, while some product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local Portsmouth Pella professionals for more details.
We insert argon, a transparent, nontoxic gas heavier than air, between the panes of glass. This offers more insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Redirect heat into your home into the winter
- Move heat away from your home in the summer
- Filter most of the sun’s dangerous UV rays, helping prevent fading 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 favorite alternative because it protects 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 unique Low-E technology offers uniform insulation from moderate winters and mild summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is best for snowy climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It delivers superior insulation from the cold while permitting the sun’s heat to circulate and heat your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our professionals at Pella of Portsmouth can help you choose the right energy-efficient product and glass styles for your home. Come to our showroom or contact our team at 603-427-0677. We can help take care of 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.