Monitoring heating costs doesn’t mean you have to switch your thermostat on a low temp. There are a couple quick you can take to keep your Bloomington home comfortable throughout the winter.
If you have aging, drafty windows, now is a great time to think about getting new ones. Did you know your home lets out the majority of its conditioned air through windows and doors?
Windows alone can account for a 30 percent energy loss. And other seemingly insignificant leaks in your attic and basement can add up rapidly. A normal home has enough leaks to be similar to having a medium-sized window open 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Bloomington, we’re dedicated to bettering energy efficiency. Find out how you can increase 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 bills low.
- Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps identify leaks and ways to enhance 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 bills.
- Add extra 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 offer recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Seal attic leaks and spray expanding foam into cracks 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 costs, depending on the model.
- Adjust your ceiling fan to spin left to right, which will push warm air down.
- Use a draft stopper to keep frigid air where it should go—outside. Buy or create ones to suit 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 cold weather. Insulated window quilts are comparably as functional and usually more reasonable.
- Make the best use of southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight heat the room. Close them at night to cover the cold 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 only keeping heating and cooling bills reasonable.
- Help manage condensation.
- Last longer, because they control moisture that can cause your windows to deteriorate sooner.
- Improve indoor air quality.
- Lessen 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 proprietary glass solutions from Pella.
We provide the right style for your climate, wherever where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection offers the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s targeted for specific climate types.
How it Works
Extra panes of glass provide more protection for your home. Many Pella® styles are available with dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Ask your local Bloomington Pella professionals for more specifics.
We include argon, a transparent, nontoxic gas denser than air, between the panes of glass. This offers 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 dangerous UV rays, helping end fading 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 suitable for many climates. It’s a favorite option 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 unique Low-E technology provides balanced insulation from cool winters and pleasant 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 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 Bloomington can help you choose the right energy-efficient product and glass possibilities for your home. Stop by our showroom or call our team at 309-663-7132. 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.