9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During South Burlington Winters
Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you have to switch your thermostat on a low temp. There are a few easy steps you can take to keep your South Burlington home cozy throughout cold weather.
If you have old, drafty windows, now is an ideal time to consider replacing them. Did you realize your home loses the majority of its conditioned air through windows and doors?
Windows on their own can account for a 30 percent energy loss. And other small leaks in your attic and basement can count up quickly. A normal home has enough leaks to be comparable to having a medium-sized window open all day!
At Pella of South Burlington, we’re passionate about enhancing energy efficiency. Find out how you can improve your home’s comfort by booking a free consultation.
9 Ways to Keep Energy Bills Low and Stay Warm
Here are several ways you can have a warm home while keeping heating expenses down.
- Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find leaks and ways to boost energy efficiency. This audit can be free or inexpensive, depending on your location. 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 the very least 6–13 inches of loose fill or 7–19 inches of fiberglass. Your utility company can provide recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Plug attic leaks and spray expanding foam into cracks in your foundation. The energy audit can help discover these problems.
- Get a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility expenses, depending on the brand.
- Adjust your ceiling fan to rotate the other way, which will send hot air down.
- Get a draft stopper to keep frigid air where it should go—outside. Buy or build ones to fit your windowsills or entryway.
- Pick energy-efficient window coverings, 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 efficient and usually more sensibly priced.
- 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 chilly 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- Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient options from Pella.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 only keeping utility expenses in check.
- Help handle condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle water that can cause your windows to deteriorate sooner.
- Improve indoor air quality.
- Lower environmental impact by needing not as much energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next stage with special glass solutions from Pella.
We offer the right solution 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 provide more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® options include dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local South Burlington Pella professionals for more information.
We include argon, a colorless, nontoxic gas denser than air, between the panes of glass. This provides additional 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 dangerous UV rays, helping end 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 the majority of climates. It’s a favorite 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 best for northern climates. The exclusive Low-E technology provides balanced insulation from chilly winters and temperate summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is suited for frigid climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It delivers superior insulation from the cold while permitting the sun’s heat to circulate and warm your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our professionals at Pella of South Burlington can help you find the right energy-efficient product and glass styles for your home. Visit our showroom or reach out to our team at (802) 557-0429. 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.