Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you must turn your thermostat way down. There are a couple quick you can take to keep your Fall River home cozy throughout heating season.
If you have old, poorly fitted windows, now is a good time to consider replacing them. Did you know your home leaks the majority of its warmth 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 total up quickly. A standard home has enough leaks to be similar to keeping a medium-sized window ajar all day!
At Pella of Fall River, we’re committed to improving energy efficiency. Learn how you can boost 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 costs low.
- Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and tips to increase energy efficiency. This audit can be free or low cost, 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 least 6–13 inches of loose fill or 7–19 inches of fiberglass. Your utility company can provide advice for insulation during your energy audit.
- Plug attic leaks and spray expanding foam into crevices in your foundation. The energy audit can help discover these issues.
- Get a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility expenses, depending on the type.
- Set your ceiling fan to rotate the other way, which will send warm air down.
- Use a draft stopper to keep frigid air where it should go—outside. Buy or build ones to fit your windowsills or entryway.
- Select energy-efficient window treatments, 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 equally as efficient and usually more reasonable.
- Take advantage of southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight heat the room. Draw them at night to cover the cool 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- Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient options from Pella.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 benefits than just keeping energy expenses in check.
- Help control condensation.
- Last longer, because they manage moisture that can cause your windows to break down sooner.
- Improve indoor air quality.
- Reduce environmental impact by needing a smaller amount of energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next level with special glass styles from Pella.
We have the right style for your weather, no matter 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
Extra panes of glass provide more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® models come with dual panes, while some product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Ask your local Fall River Pella professionals for more details.
We insert argon, a transparent, nontoxic gas heavier than air, between the panes of glass. This provides extra 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 avoid dulling 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 popular 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 ideal for northern climates. The unique Low-E technology offers uniform insulation from chilly 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 excellent insulation from the cold while permitting the sun’s heat to come in and add comfort to your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our experts at Pella of Fall River can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Come to our showroom or contact our team at 508-939-3464. 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.