Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you must set your thermostat way down. There are a couple easy steps you can take to keep your Lewes home comfy throughout cold weather.
If you have old, poorly fitted windows, now is a great time to consider installing new ones. Did you know your home loses the majority of its warmth through windows and doors?
Windows on their own can amount to a 30 percent energy loss. And other small leaks in your attic and basement can count up quickly. The average home has enough leaks to be similar to keeping a medium-sized window ajar 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Lewes, we’re passionate about bettering energy efficiency. Find out how you can boost 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 expenses down.
- Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and methods to increase energy efficiency. This audit can be free or reasonable, depending on your utility company. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy expenses.
- Add additional insulation in your attic. Depending on where you live, your home should have at minimum 6–13 inches of loose fill or 7–19 inches of fiberglass. Your utility company can offer recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Plug attic leaks and spray expanding foam into crevices in your foundation. The energy audit can help locate these problems.
- Get a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility costs, depending on the model.
- Switch your ceiling fan to spin left to right, which will send warm air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep chilly air where it belongs—outside. Buy or create ones to work with your windowsills or entryway.
- Pick 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 comparably as effective and often less expensive.
- Take advantage of southern-facing windows. Keep curtains open during the day to let sunlight warm the room. Shut them at night to cover the cool glass.
- Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient solutions from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more upsides than simply keeping utility expenses low.
- Help manage condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle water that can cause your windows to deteriorate more quickly.
- Enhance indoor air quality.
- Lessen environmental impact by consuming less energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next stage with exclusive glass options from Pella.
We provide the right option for your area, no matter where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection gives the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s targeted for certain climate types.
How it Works
More panes of glass give more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® styles come with dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local Lewes Pella professionals for more details.
We insert argon, a colorless, nontoxic gas heavier than air, between the panes of glass. This provides additional insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Send heat into your home into the winter
- Move heat away from your home in the summer
- Filter most of the sun’s hazardous UV rays, helping avoid fading 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* is suitable for a lot of climates. It’s a preferred alternative 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 special Low-E technology delivers even 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 exceptional insulation from the cold while letting the sun’s heat to flow in and add comfort to your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our experts at Pella of Lewes can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Come to our showroom or reach out to our team at 302-257-5544. 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.