9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Shrewsbury Winters
Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you need to switch your thermostat on a low temp. There are several quick you can take to keep your Shrewsbury home cozy throughout the winter.
If you have aging, drafty windows, now is a great time to think about installing new ones. Did you realize your home lets out most of its conditioned air 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 add up fast. The average home has enough leaks to be comparable to leaving a medium-sized window wide open 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Shrewsbury, we’re dedicated to bettering energy efficiency. Discover 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 few ways you can have a warm home while keeping heating expenses down.
- Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and tips to boost energy efficiency. This audit can be free or reasonable, depending on your location. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy bills.
- 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 advice for insulation during your energy audit.
- Stop attic leaks and spray expanding foam into holes in your foundation. The energy audit can help locate these issues.
- Get a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility bills, depending on the brand.
- Adjust your ceiling fan to spin left to right, which will move hot air down.
- Get a draft stopper to keep cold air where it should go—outside. Buy or build ones to fit your windowsills or entryway.
- Select 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 usually more sensibly priced.
- Benefit from southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight add comfort to the room. Shut them at night to cover the cool 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 only keeping energy bills reasonable.
- Help handle condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle moisture that can cause your windows to stop working more quickly.
- Increase indoor air quality.
- Lessen environmental impact by needing a smaller amount of energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next step with proprietary glass styles from Pella.
We provide the right option for your area, regardless of 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 protection for your home. Many Pella® models are available with dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local Shrewsbury Pella professionals for more details.
We insert argon, a transparent, nontoxic gas thicker than air, between the panes of glass. This gives extra 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
- Filter most of the sun’s dangerous UV rays, helping prevent bleaching to your carpet
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 a lot of climates. It’s a preferred choice because it shields 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 provides balanced insulation from cool winters and mild 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 delivers excellent insulation from the cold while allowing the sun’s heat to flow in and heat your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our experts at Pella of Shrewsbury can help you find the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Stop by our showroom or call our team at (508) 925-7149. 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.