9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Decatur Winters
Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you have to turn your thermostat way down. There are several easy steps you can take to keep your Decatur home cozy throughout the winter.
If you have aging, drafty windows, now is an ideal time to think about installing new ones. Were you aware your home loses most of its warmth through windows and doors?
Windows alone can be responsible for a 30 percent energy loss. And other small leaks in your attic and basement can count up quickly. The average home has enough leaks to be comparable to having a medium-sized window ajar all day!
At Pella of Decatur, we’re passionate about improving energy efficiency. Learn 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 bills in check.
- Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find leaks and methods to boost energy efficiency. This audit can be free or low cost, depending on your utility company. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy costs.
- Add more 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.
- Plug attic leaks and spray expanding foam into holes in your foundation. The energy audit can help find these problems.
- Get a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility expenses, depending on the type.
- Set your ceiling fan to move the other way, which will send warm air down.
- Use a draft stopper to keep chilly air where it belongs—outside. Buy or build ones to suit your windowsills or entryway.
- Select energy-efficient window solutions, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can decrease heat loss by 40 percent or more during heating season. Insulated window quilts are similarly as functional and generally less expensive.
- Take advantage of 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 aging or single-pane windows with energy-efficient solutions from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more upsides than just keeping energy costs low.
- Help handle condensation.
- Last longer, because they control moisture that can cause your windows to deteriorate more quickly.
- Increase indoor air quality.
- Lower environmental impact by using a smaller amount of energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next step with exclusive glass options from Pella.
We have the right style for your climate, wherever 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
Extra panes of glass deliver more defense for your home. Many Pella® styles come with dual panes, while certain product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local Decatur Pella professionals for more specifics.
We add argon, a clear, nontoxic gas heavier than air, between the panes of glass. This provides more insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Reflect 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 end fading 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* works for many climates. It’s a favorite option 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 cool winters and pleasant 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 provides 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 specialists at Pella of Decatur can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Come to our showroom or call our team at 217-423-7722. 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.