9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Danville Winters
Managing heating costs doesn’t mean you must switch your thermostat way down. There are several quick you can take to keep your Danville home comfy throughout the winter.
If you have aging, leaky windows, now is a good time to contemplate getting new ones. Were you aware your home loses the majority of its warmth through windows and doors?
Windows alone can amount to a 30 percent energy loss. And other seemingly insignificant leaks in your attic and basement can total up quickly. A normal home has enough leaks to be similar to leaving a medium-sized window ajar 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Danville, we’re dedicated to bettering 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 warm home while keeping heating costs down.
- Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and ways to boost energy efficiency. This audit can be free or inexpensive, depending on where you live. 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 the very 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 find these issues.
- Install a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility bills, depending on the brand.
- Set your ceiling fan to rotate the other way, which will send heated air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep cold air where it belongs—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 limit heat loss by 40 percent or more during heating season. Insulated window quilts are similarly as effective and often less expensive.
- Make the best use of southern-facing windows. Keep curtains open during the day to let sunlight warm the room. Draw them at night to cover the cool glass.
- Replace aging or single-pane windows with energy-efficient products from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more upsides than simply keeping energy costs low.
- Help manage condensation.
- Last longer, because they control condensation that can cause your windows to stop working sooner.
- Enhance indoor air quality.
- Lessen environmental impact by needing less energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next step with proprietary glass styles from Pella.
We offer the right style for your climate, no matter where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection gives the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s created for specific climate types.
How it Works
Additional panes of glass give more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® models include dual panes, while some product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local Danville Pella professionals for more details.
We include 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:
- Redirect heat into your home into the winter
- Redirect heat away from your home in the summer
- Block most of the sun’s hazardous 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* is compatible with many climates. It’s a favorite alternative 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 provides uniform insulation from chilly winters and mild summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is ideal for arctic climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It provides superior insulation from the cold while letting 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 Danville can help you choose the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Visit our showroom or call our team at 217-443-3355. 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.