Monitoring heating costs doesn’t mean you must set your thermostat on a low temp. There are a few easy steps you can take to keep your Cape Cod home cozy throughout the winter.
If you have old, leaky windows, now is a great time to contemplate getting new ones. Were you aware your home lets out a lot of its warmth through windows and doors?
Windows on their own can be responsible for a 30 percent energy loss. And other small leaks in your attic and basement can total up rapidly. The average home has enough leaks to be like keeping a medium-sized window wide open all day!
At Pella of Cape Cod, we’re dedicated to enhancing energy efficiency. Discover how you can increase your home’s comfort by booking 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 expenses low.
- Book an energy audit through your utility company. It helps identify leaks and ways to boost energy efficiency. This audit can be free or inexpensive, depending on your location. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy bills.
- Add more 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.
- Stop attic leaks and spray expanding foam into crevices in your foundation. The energy audit can help discover these issues.
- Get a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility bills, depending on the brand.
- Switch your ceiling fan to move clockwise, which will push hot air down.
- Use a draft stopper to keep frigid air where it should go—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 reduce heat loss by 40 percent or more in the winter. Insulated window quilts are comparably as effective and usually less expensive.
- Benefit from southern-facing windows. Keep window coverings open during the day to let sunlight warm the room. Draw them at night to cover the chilly 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 upsides than just keeping heating and cooling bills low.
- Help handle condensation.
- Last longer, because they control water that can cause your windows to break down more quickly.
- Improve indoor air quality.
- Lower environmental impact by using a smaller amount of energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next stage with exclusive glass styles from Pella.
We offer the right style for your weather, regardless of where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection offers the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s created for certain climate types.
How it Works
More panes of glass give more defense for your home. Many Pella® models come with dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local Cape Cod Pella professionals for more information.
We include argon, a colorless, nontoxic gas denser than air, between the panes of glass. This offers more 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 hazardous UV rays, helping end dulling to your carpet
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 compatible with the majority of climates. It’s a popular 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 best for northern climates. The unique Low-E technology offers uniform insulation from moderate winters and pleasant summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is ideal for snowy climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It delivers excellent 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 experts at Pella of Cape Cod can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Visit our showroom or call our team at 508-638-5897. 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.