Managing heating costs doesn’t mean you must switch your thermostat way down. There are several quick you can take to keep your Minneapolis home comfortable throughout heating season.
If you have outdated, poorly fitted windows, now is an ideal time to consider replacing them. Were you aware your home loses most of its conditioned air through windows and doors?
Windows solely can amount to a 30 percent energy loss. And other minor leaks in your attic and basement can add up fast. The average home has enough leaks to be like keeping a medium-sized window open every day!
At Pella of Minneapolis, we’re committed to bettering energy efficiency. Learn 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 several ways you can have a warm home while keeping heating costs in check.
- Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and ways to boost 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 more insulation in your attic. Depending on where you live, your home should have at least 6–13 inches of loose fill or 7–19 inches of fiberglass. Your utility company can make advice for insulation during your energy audit.
- Stop attic leaks and spray expanding foam into holes in your foundation. The energy audit can help find these problems.
- Install a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility costs, depending on the brand.
- Set your ceiling fan to rotate left to right, which will send warm air down.
- Use a draft stopper to keep cold air where it belongs—outside. Buy or create ones to work with your windowsills or entryway.
- Select 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 efficient and generally more reasonable.
- Make the best use of southern-facing windows. Keep curtains open during the day to let sunlight warm the room. Shut them at night to cover the chilly glass.
- Replace old or single-pane windows with energy-efficient products from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more upsides than simply keeping utility costs reasonable.
- Help control condensation.
- Last longer, because they control moisture that can cause your windows to stop working more quickly.
- Enhance indoor air quality.
- Reduce environmental impact by consuming less energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next stage with special glass solutions from Pella.
We provide the right style for your weather, wherever where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection presents the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s created for specific climate types.
How it Works
Additional panes of glass give more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® options include dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local Minneapolis Pella professionals for more details.
We add argon, a clear, nontoxic gas denser 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
- Redirect heat away from your home in the summer
- Filter most of the sun’s harmful UV rays, helping end bleaching 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 the majority of climates. It’s a popular choice because it protects 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 delivers even 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 exceptional 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 specialists at Pella of Minneapolis 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 612-249-7371. 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.