Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you have to set your thermostat way down. There are a few quick you can take to keep your Asheville home comfy throughout the winter.
If you have old, drafty windows, now is a good time to contemplate replacing them. Did you realize your home loses the majority of its heat 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 count up fast. A standard home has enough leaks to be similar to keeping a medium-sized window open 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Asheville, we’re dedicated to improving energy efficiency. Discover how you can boost your home’s comfort by booking a free consultation.
9 Ways to Keep Energy Bills Low and Stay Warm
Here are a few ways you can have a warm home while keeping heating bills in check.
- Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and tips to enhance energy efficiency. This audit can be free or inexpensive, depending on where you live. 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 least 6–13 inches of loose fill or 7–19 inches of fiberglass. Your utility company can offer recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Stop attic leaks and spray expanding foam into crevices 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 expenses, depending on the model.
- Set your ceiling fan to rotate the other way, which will move warm air down.
- Get a draft stopper to keep cold air where it belongs—outside. Buy or create ones to work with your windowsills or entryway.
- Pick energy-efficient window coverings, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can limit heat loss by 40 percent or more in the winter. Insulated window quilts are similarly as functional and generally less expensive.
- Take advantage of southern-facing windows. Keep window coverings open during the day to let sunlight add comfort to the room. Shut them at night to cover the cold glass.
- Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient products from Pella.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 utility expenses reasonable.
- Help handle condensation.
- Last longer, because they manage moisture that can cause your windows to break down sooner.
- Increase indoor air quality.
- Reduce 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 special glass solutions from Pella.
We provide the right style for your weather, regardless of where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection gives the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s created for distinct climate types.
How it Works
More panes of glass deliver more protection for your home. Many Pella® models include dual panes, while certain product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local Asheville Pella professionals for more specifics.
We insert 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:
- Send heat into your home into the winter
- Redirect heat away from your home in the summer
- Filter most of the sun’s hazardous UV rays, helping avoid fading 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* works for many climates. It’s a favorite 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 best for northern climates. The unique Low-E technology offers even insulation from cool winters and mild 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 delivers superior insulation from the cold while allowing the sun’s heat to circulate and add comfort to your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our specialists at Pella of Asheville can help you choose the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Stop by our showroom or contact our team at 828-202-8673. 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.