Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you have to set your thermostat way down. There are a couple quick you can take to keep your Charlotte home comfy throughout cold weather.
If you have outdated, leaky windows, now is a good time to consider installing new ones. Did you realize your home leaks most of its conditioned air through windows and doors?
Windows solely can amount to a 30 percent energy loss. And other minor leaks in your attic and basement can count up fast. A standard home has enough leaks to be similar to leaving a medium-sized window wide open all day!
At Pella of Charlotte, we’re committed to enhancing energy efficiency. Discover 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 couple of ways you can have a comfortable home while keeping heating expenses down.
- Book an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find 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 additional 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.
- Stop attic leaks and spray expanding foam into crevices 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 expenses, depending on the model.
- Set your ceiling fan to move the other way, which will send hot air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep chilly air where it should go—outside. Buy or create ones to work with your windowsills or entryway.
- Select energy-efficient window coverings, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can decrease heat loss by 40 percent or more in the winter. Insulated window quilts are similarly as effective 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. Shut them at night to cover the cold 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 advantages than simply keeping heating and cooling costs in check.
- Help control condensation.
- Last longer, because they control moisture that can cause your windows to stop working prematurely.
- Improve indoor air quality.
- Lessen environmental impact by consuming less 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 option for your weather, regardless of where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection offers the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s designed for certain climate types.
How it Works
Extra panes of glass give more protection for your home. Many Pella® styles are available with dual panes, while certain product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local Charlotte Pella professionals for more details.
We insert argon, a colorless, nontoxic gas thicker than air, between the panes of glass. This provides 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
- Filter most of the sun’s dangerous UV rays, helping end 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 suitable for a lot of climates. It’s a preferred choice 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 chilly winters and temperate 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 supplies exceptional insulation from the cold while letting the sun’s heat to come in and warm your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our specialists at Pella of Charlotte can help you find the right energy-efficient product and glass styles for your home. Visit our showroom or reach out to our team at 704-228-9149. 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.