Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you need to turn your thermostat way down. There are several simple you can take to keep your Syracuse home comfy throughout cold weather.
If you have aging, drafty windows, now is an ideal time to consider getting new ones. Were you aware your home lets out most of its conditioned air through windows and doors?
Windows solely can be responsible for a 30 percent energy loss. And other small leaks in your attic and basement can add up quickly. The average home has enough leaks to be similar to leaving a medium-sized window wide open 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Syracuse, we’re passionate about improving energy efficiency. Find out how you can improve 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 expenses in check.
- Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and methods to enhance energy efficiency. This audit can be free or reasonable, depending on your utility company. 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 suggestions for insulation during your energy audit.
- Plug attic leaks and spray expanding foam into holes in your foundation. The energy audit can help find these problems.
- Buy a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility costs, depending on the brand.
- Switch your ceiling fan to move the other way, which will move warm 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.
- Select energy-efficient window treatments, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can reduce heat loss by 40 percent or more in the winter. Insulated window quilts are similarly as effective and generally more reasonable.
- Make the best use of southern-facing windows. Keep window coverings open during the day to let sunlight heat the room. Shut them at night to cover the chilly 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- Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient solutions from Pella.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 just keeping heating and cooling costs low.
- Help manage condensation.
- Last longer, because they control water that can cause your windows to break down more quickly.
- Enhance indoor air quality.
- Reduce environmental impact by consuming less energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next stage with special glass styles from Pella.
We offer the right option for your area, regardless of where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection presents the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s created for distinct climate types.
How it Works
Additional panes of glass give more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® models include dual panes, while some product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Ask your local Syracuse Pella professionals for more information.
We insert argon, a clear, nontoxic gas denser than air, between the panes of glass. This offers extra 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
- Block most of the sun’s hazardous UV rays, helping avoid bleaching 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 compatible with the majority of 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 best for northern climates. The exclusive Low-E technology offers balanced insulation from chilly 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 supplies superior insulation from the cold while permitting the sun’s heat to flow in and add comfort to your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our professionals at Pella of Syracuse can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass styles for your home. Visit our showroom or call our team at 315-565-0399. 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.