Monitoring heating costs doesn’t mean you have to switch your thermostat on a low temp. There are a couple simple you can take to keep your Mt. Pleasant home cozy throughout heating season.
If you have aging, poorly fitted windows, now is a great time to think about replacing them. Did you realize your home loses the majority of its heat 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 count up fast. A standard home has enough leaks to be like having a medium-sized window wide open every day!
At Pella of Mt. Pleasant, we’re passionate about enhancing energy efficiency. Discover 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 couple of ways you can have a cozy home while keeping heating costs low.
- Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and methods to boost energy efficiency. This audit can be free or low cost, depending on your location. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy bills.
- 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 offer advice for insulation during your energy audit.
- Plug attic leaks and spray expanding foam into cracks in your foundation. The energy audit can help locate these leaks.
- Get a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility costs, depending on the type.
- Set your ceiling fan to spin the other way, which will move warm air down.
- Use a draft stopper to keep cold air where it belongs—outside. Buy or build ones to work with your windowsills or entryway.
- Choose energy-efficient window solutions, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can decrease heat loss by 40 percent or more during cold weather. Insulated window quilts are equally as functional and generally more sensibly priced.
- Take advantage of southern-facing windows. Keep curtains open during the day to let sunlight add comfort to the room. Shut 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 only keeping energy expenses in check.
- Help handle condensation.
- Last longer, because they control condensation that can cause your windows to stop working prematurely.
- 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 special glass styles from Pella.
We provide the right option for your climate, regardless of where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection offers the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s designed for specific climate types.
How it Works
Additional panes of glass give more defense for your home. Many Pella® styles come with dual panes, while certain product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local Mt. Pleasant Pella professionals for more specifics.
We insert argon, a transparent, nontoxic gas heavier than air, between the panes of glass. This gives more insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Redirect heat into your home into the winter
- Move heat away from your home in the summer
- Filter most of the sun’s harmful UV rays, helping avoid dulling 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 many climates. It’s a preferred choice 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 best for northern climates. The unique Low-E technology provides even insulation from cool winters and mild summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is suited for snowy climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It delivers exceptional 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 Mt. Pleasant can help you find the right energy-efficient product and glass styles for your home. Stop by our showroom or contact our team at 989-317-2558. 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.