9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Plattsburgh Winters
Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you need to switch your thermostat on a low temp. There are a few easy steps you can take to keep your Plattsburgh home comfortable throughout the winter.
If you have outdated, poorly fitted windows, now is a good time to think about installing new ones. Were you aware your home loses a lot of its heat through windows and doors?
Windows solely can account for a 30 percent energy loss. And other small leaks in your attic and basement can add up rapidly. The average home has enough leaks to be comparable to having a medium-sized window ajar every day!
At Pella of Plattsburgh, we’re committed to improving energy efficiency. Find out how you can improve your home’s comfort by requesting a free consultation.
9 Ways to Keep Energy Bills Low and Stay Warm
Here are a couple of ways you can have a comfortable home while keeping heating bills down.
- Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps identify 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 bills.
- 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 offer advice for insulation during your energy audit.
- Seal attic leaks and spray expanding foam into cracks in your foundation. The energy audit can help discover these leaks.
- Get a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility costs, depending on the type.
- Adjust your ceiling fan to spin clockwise, which will move heated air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep cold air where it should go—outside. Buy or create ones to work with your windowsills or entryway.
- Pick energy-efficient window treatments, 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 efficient and generally more reasonable.
- Make the best use of southern-facing windows. Keep window coverings open during the day to let sunlight heat the room. Close them at night to cover the cool glass.
- Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient solutions from Pella.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 energy expenses in check.
- Help manage condensation.
- Last longer, because they manage condensation that can cause your windows to stop working sooner.
- Increase indoor air quality.
- Reduce environmental impact by using a smaller amount of energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next step with proprietary glass styles from Pella.
We offer the right solution for your climate, wherever 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
Additional panes of glass provide more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® options come with dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Ask your local Plattsburgh Pella professionals for more specifics.
We include argon, a colorless, 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:
- Redirect heat into your home into the winter
- Direct heat away from your home in the summer
- Block most of the sun’s hazardous 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 favorite option 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 exclusive Low-E technology delivers balanced insulation from cool winters and mild summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is ideal for arctic climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It supplies superior insulation from the cold while permitting the sun’s heat to circulate and warm your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our experts at Pella of Plattsburgh can help you choose the right energy-efficient product and glass possibilities for your home. Visit our showroom or call our team at 518-310-2118. 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.