Monitoring heating costs doesn’t mean you have to switch your thermostat on a cold temp. There are several quick you can take to keep your Washington DC home comfortable throughout cold weather.
If you have outdated, leaky windows, now is a good time to contemplate installing new ones. Were you aware your home lets out a lot of its heat through windows and doors?
Windows solely can amount to a 30 percent energy loss. And other small leaks in your attic and basement can add up fast. A standard home has enough leaks to be comparable to keeping a medium-sized window wide open 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Washington DC, we’re dedicated to improving energy efficiency. Discover how you can increase 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 cozy home while keeping heating bills in check.
- Book an energy audit through your utility company. It helps identify leaks and tips to increase energy efficiency. This audit can be free or reasonable, depending on your location. 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 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 holes in your foundation. The energy audit can help find these problems.
- Get a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility expenses, depending on the brand.
- Set your ceiling fan to spin left to right, which will push heated air down.
- Get a draft stopper to keep chilly air where it should go—outside. Buy or make ones to suit your windowsills or entryway.
- Choose 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 similarly as efficient and often more sensibly priced.
- Take advantage of southern-facing windows. Keep curtains open during the day to let sunlight heat the room. Shut them at night to cover the chilly glass.
- Replace aging or single-pane windows with energy-efficient products from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more advantages than only keeping energy expenses reasonable.
- Help handle condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle water that can cause your windows to deteriorate prematurely.
- Improve indoor air quality.
- Lessen environmental impact by needing a smaller amount of energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next level with special glass solutions from Pella.
We provide the right style for your area, wherever where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection offers the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s created for specific climate types.
How it Works
More panes of glass give more protection for your home. Many Pella® options include dual panes, while some product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local Washington DC Pella professionals for more details.
We include argon, a colorless, nontoxic gas heavier than air, between the panes of glass. This offers more insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Reflect heat into your home into the winter
- Direct heat away from your home in the summer
- Block most of the sun’s harmful UV rays, helping prevent 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 compatible with the majority of climates. It’s a popular 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 ideal for northern climates. The unique Low-E technology provides 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 supplies excellent insulation from the cold while letting the sun’s heat to circulate and heat your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our professionals at Pella of Washington DC 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 (202) 810-6799. 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.