9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Greenfield Winters
Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you need to set your thermostat on a cold temp. There are several simple you can take to keep your Greenfield home cozy throughout cold weather.
If you have old, drafty windows, now is a good time to consider installing new ones. Did you realize your home leaks the majority 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 total up quickly. A normal home has enough leaks to be like having a medium-sized window open 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Greenfield, we’re committed to 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 few ways you can have a warm home while keeping heating costs low.
- Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and ways 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 additional 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 offer recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Stop attic leaks and spray expanding foam into crevices in your foundation. The energy audit can help find these leaks.
- Install 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 push hot air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep cold air in its place—outside. Buy or build ones to suit your windowsills or entryway.
- Select energy-efficient window treatments, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can reduce heat loss by 40 percent or more during heating season. Insulated window quilts are comparably as effective and generally less expensive.
- 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 chilly glass.
- Replace aging or single-pane windows with energy-efficient options from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more advantages than simply keeping utility costs reasonable.
- Help manage condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle condensation that can cause your windows to break down prematurely.
- Enhance indoor air quality.
- Reduce environmental impact by consuming 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 offer the right solution for your weather, wherever where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection offers the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s created for certain climate types.
How it Works
More panes of glass give more defense for your home. Many Pella® options are available with dual panes, while certain product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Ask your local Greenfield Pella professionals for more information.
We add argon, a transparent, nontoxic gas denser than air, between the panes of glass. This gives additional 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 harmful UV rays, helping prevent fading 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* is compatible with a lot of climates. It’s a favorite alternative because it insulates 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 offers even insulation from cool winters and mild summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is ideal for frigid climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It provides superior 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 professionals at Pella of Greenfield can help you choose the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Come to our showroom or reach out to our team at (413) 829-0299. 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.