9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Bloomington, IN Winters
Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you need to switch your thermostat on a low temp. There are a couple quick you can take to keep your Bloomington, IN home cozy throughout cold weather.
If you have old, drafty windows, now is an ideal time to consider getting new ones. Did you realize your home loses most of its heat through windows and doors?
Windows solely can account for a 30 percent energy loss. And other small leaks in your attic and basement can count up fast. The average home has enough leaks to be comparable to leaving a medium-sized window open 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Bloomington, IN, we’re committed to 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 a couple of ways you can have a comfortable home while keeping heating expenses low.
- Book an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find leaks and ways 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 bills.
- Add additional 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 offer suggestions for insulation during your energy audit.
- Plug attic leaks and spray expanding foam into crevices in your foundation. The energy audit can help locate these issues.
- Get a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility expenses, depending on the brand.
- Set your ceiling fan to move the other way, which will move warm air down.
- Use a draft stopper to keep frigid air where it should go—outside. Buy or make ones to suit your windowsills or entryway.
- Pick energy-efficient window coverings, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can reduce heat loss by 40 percent or more during heating season. Insulated window quilts are equally as functional and generally more reasonable.
- Benefit from southern-facing windows. Keep window coverings open during the day to let sunlight add comfort to the room. Close them at night to cover the cool glass.
- Replace aging or single-pane windows with energy-efficient solutions from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more upsides than only keeping heating and cooling bills low.
- Help control condensation.
- Last longer, because they control moisture that can cause your windows to break down prematurely.
- Increase indoor air quality.
- Lower environmental impact by consuming not as much energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next level with special glass solutions from Pella.
We offer the right solution for your climate, 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
Additional panes of glass deliver more defense for your home. Many Pella® options come with dual panes, while certain product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Ask your local Bloomington, IN Pella professionals for more specifics.
We insert argon, a transparent, nontoxic gas heavier than air, between the panes of glass. This provides extra 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
- Filter most of the sun’s harmful UV rays, helping end dulling 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 preferred option 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 suited for northern climates. The unique Low-E technology offers uniform insulation from cool winters and pleasant summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is best for frigid climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It provides 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 specialists at Pella of Bloomington, IN can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Visit our showroom or call our team at 812-333-6371. 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.