Managing heating costs doesn’t mean you have to turn your thermostat on a cold temp. There are several quick you can take to keep your Gaithersburg home comfortable throughout heating season.
If you have aging, leaky windows, now is an ideal time to contemplate replacing them. Did you know your home leaks most of its conditioned air through windows and doors?
Windows solely can account for a 30 percent energy loss. And other minor leaks in your attic and basement can total up quickly. A normal home has enough leaks to be similar to having a medium-sized window ajar every day!
At Pella of Gaithersburg, we’re dedicated to improving 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 several ways you can have a comfortable home while keeping heating bills low.
- Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and tips to increase 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 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 offer advice for insulation during your energy audit.
- Seal attic leaks and spray expanding foam into holes in your foundation. The energy audit can help discover these issues.
- Buy a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility bills, depending on the type.
- Adjust your ceiling fan to spin clockwise, which will send hot air down.
- Get a draft stopper to keep chilly air in its place—outside. Buy or create ones to work with your windowsills or entryway.
- Pick 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 similarly as functional and generally less expensive.
- Make the best use of southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight warm the room. Shut them at night to cover the cold 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 benefits than only keeping energy bills low.
- Help manage condensation.
- Last longer, because they manage water that can cause your windows to break down sooner.
- Enhance indoor air quality.
- Lower environmental impact by consuming a smaller amount of energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next stage with proprietary glass options from Pella.
We offer the right option for your climate, no matter where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection gives the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s designed for distinct climate types.
How it Works
Additional panes of glass provide more protection for your home. Many Pella® models include dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local Gaithersburg Pella professionals for more details.
We add argon, a clear, nontoxic gas thicker than air, between the panes of glass. This provides extra insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Redirect heat into your home into the winter
- Direct heat away from your home in the summer
- Block most of the sun’s dangerous UV rays, helping avoid 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 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 ideal for northern climates. The special Low-E technology offers even insulation from chilly winters and pleasant summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is best for snowy climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It delivers superior insulation from the cold while permitting 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 Gaithersburg can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Visit our showroom or contact our team at 202-810-6722. 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.