Monitoring heating costs doesn’t mean you have to set your thermostat on a cold temp. There are several simple you can take to keep your Colorado Springs home cozy throughout the winter.
If you have old, drafty windows, now is a great time to think about replacing them. Did you realize your home lets out a lot of its warmth through windows and doors?
Windows on their own can be responsible for a 30 percent energy loss. And other seemingly insignificant leaks in your attic and basement can total up fast. A normal home has enough leaks to be comparable to keeping a medium-sized window ajar all day!
At Pella of Colorado Springs, we’re committed to enhancing energy efficiency. Find out how you can boost your home’s comfort by scheduling a free consultation.
9 Ways to Keep Energy Bills Low and Stay Warm
Here are a couple of ways you can have a warm home while keeping heating costs down.
- Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps identify leaks and tips to enhance energy efficiency. This audit can be free or low cost, depending on where you live. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy costs.
- Add extra 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 make recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Seal 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 expenses, depending on the model.
- Switch your ceiling fan to move left to right, which will move warm air down.
- Use a draft stopper to keep chilly air in its place—outside. Buy or create ones to fit 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 cold weather. Insulated window quilts are comparably as functional and often more sensibly priced.
- Make the best use of southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight warm the room. Draw them at night to cover the cold 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- Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient options from Pella.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 advantages than just keeping energy costs in check.
- Help control condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle water that can cause your windows to deteriorate sooner.
- Increase 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 options from Pella.
We offer the right option for your area, no matter where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection presents the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s designed for certain climate types.
How it Works
More panes of glass provide more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® styles come with dual panes, while some product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local Colorado Springs Pella professionals for more specifics.
We insert argon, a colorless, nontoxic gas thicker 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
- Direct heat away from your home in the summer
- Filter most of the sun’s hazardous UV rays, helping prevent dulling 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* works for a lot of climates. It’s a popular 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 unique Low-E technology offers balanced insulation from moderate 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 supplies exceptional insulation from the cold while letting the sun’s heat to come in and warm your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our experts at Pella of Colorado Springs can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Visit our showroom or call our team at (888) 883-8364. 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.