Monitoring heating costs doesn’t mean you must switch your thermostat on a cold temp. There are several easy steps you can take to keep your Bedford home comfy throughout heating season.
If you have old, drafty windows, now is a great time to consider installing new ones. Did you know your home loses most of its warmth through windows and doors?
Windows solely can account for a 30 percent energy loss. And other minor leaks in your attic and basement can add up quickly. The average home has enough leaks to be comparable to keeping a medium-sized window open every day!
At Pella of Bedford, 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 cozy home while keeping heating bills low.
- Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and ways to increase 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 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.
- Seal attic leaks and spray expanding foam into holes in your foundation. The energy audit can help find these leaks.
- Buy a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility bills, depending on the type.
- Adjust your ceiling fan to move left to right, which will send heated air down.
- Use a draft stopper to keep chilly air in its place—outside. Buy or make ones to suit your windowsills or entryway.
- Pick energy-efficient window solutions, 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.
- Benefit from southern-facing windows. Keep window coverings open during the day to let sunlight heat the room. Draw them at night to cover the cold glass.
- Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient options from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more advantages than only keeping utility costs in check.
- Help handle condensation.
- Last longer, because they manage water that can cause your windows to break down sooner.
- Enhance indoor air quality.
- Lower environmental impact by using less energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next step with special glass solutions from Pella.
We offer the right style for your climate, regardless of where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection gives 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® options include dual panes, while some product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Ask your local Bedford Pella professionals for more information.
We add argon, a transparent, 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:
- Reflect heat into your home into the winter
- Move heat away from your home in the summer
- Stop most of the sun’s harmful 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* works for many 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 special Low-E technology delivers 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 frigid climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It provides exceptional insulation from the cold while allowing the sun’s heat to circulate and warm your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our specialists at Pella of Bedford can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Stop by our showroom or call our team at 603-228-3352. 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.