9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During West Springfield Winters
Monitoring heating costs doesn’t mean you have to turn your thermostat on a low temp. There are several easy steps you can take to keep your West Springfield home comfy throughout heating season.
If you have old, poorly fitted windows, now is an ideal time to contemplate getting new ones. Were you aware your home leaks a lot of its conditioned air 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 add up rapidly. The average home has enough leaks to be comparable to keeping a medium-sized window wide open all day!
At Pella of West Springfield, we’re committed to improving energy efficiency. Discover how you can increase your home’s comfort by requesting 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 bills in check.
- Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find leaks and ways to enhance energy efficiency. This audit can be free or reasonable, depending on your location. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy expenses.
- 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 provide recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Plug attic leaks and spray expanding foam into holes 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 bills, depending on the type.
- Set your ceiling fan to spin left to right, which will push hot air down.
- Use a draft stopper to keep cold air where it belongs—outside. Buy or make ones to work with your windowsills or entryway.
- Choose energy-efficient window solutions, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can reduce heat loss by 40 percent or more during heating season. Insulated window quilts are comparably as effective and usually more reasonable.
- Benefit from southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight add comfort to the room. Draw them at night to cover the cool glass.
- Replace old or single-pane windows with energy-efficient products from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more benefits than only keeping heating and cooling bills reasonable.
- Help handle condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle moisture that can cause your windows to break down prematurely.
- Enhance indoor air quality.
- Reduce environmental impact by using not as much energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next level with proprietary glass options from Pella.
We have the right style for your climate, wherever where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection gives 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® styles include dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local West Springfield Pella professionals for more details.
We insert argon, a clear, nontoxic gas heavier than air, between the panes of glass. This gives more insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Send heat into your home into the winter
- Redirect heat away from your home in the summer
- Stop most of the sun’s hazardous UV rays, helping prevent dulling to your furniture
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 compatible with many climates. It’s a preferred alternative 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 special Low-E technology offers uniform insulation from moderate winters and pleasant 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 exceptional insulation from the cold while permitting the sun’s heat to flow in and warm your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our professionals at Pella of West Springfield can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass possibilities for your home. Come to our showroom or reach out to our team at (413) 561-7599. 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.