9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Sheridan Winters
Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you need to switch your thermostat on a low temp. There are a few simple you can take to keep your Sheridan home comfy throughout the winter.
If you have aging, leaky windows, now is an ideal time to contemplate replacing them. Were you aware your home lets out the majority of its conditioned air through windows and doors?
Windows alone can be responsible for 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 similar to having a medium-sized window open 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Sheridan, we’re committed to improving energy efficiency. Discover how you can boost your home’s comfort by requesting 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 down.
- Book an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and methods to enhance energy efficiency. This audit can be free or reasonable, depending on where you live. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy costs.
- 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 make recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Seal attic leaks and spray expanding foam into cracks 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 costs, depending on the brand.
- Set your ceiling fan to move the other way, which will send hot air down.
- Use a draft stopper to keep chilly air in its place—outside. Buy or make ones to work with your windowsills or entryway.
- Pick energy-efficient window solutions, 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 equally as efficient and generally more reasonable.
- Take advantage of southern-facing windows. Keep curtains open during the day to let sunlight add comfort to the room. Shut 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 advantages than simply keeping heating and cooling bills in check.
- Help control condensation.
- Last longer, because they control condensation that can cause your windows to stop working more quickly.
- Improve indoor air quality.
- Lower environmental impact by using 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 provide the right option for your climate, wherever where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection presents the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s targeted for distinct climate types.
How it Works
More panes of glass give more protection for your home. Many Pella® options are available with dual panes, while some product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local Sheridan Pella professionals for more details.
We include argon, a transparent, nontoxic gas thicker than air, between the panes of glass. This gives extra insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Send heat into your home into the winter
- Direct heat away from your home in the summer
- Stop most of the sun’s hazardous UV rays, helping prevent fading to your furniture
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 a lot of climates. It’s a preferred 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 special Low-E technology provides even insulation from cool winters and temperate 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 supplies exceptional insulation from the cold while allowing the sun’s heat to flow in and warm your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our experts at Pella of Sheridan can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass possibilities for your home. Visit our showroom or reach out to our team at 307-673-1135. We can help answer 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.