9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Owensboro Winters
Managing heating costs doesn’t mean you need to switch your thermostat on a cold temp. There are several simple you can take to keep your Owensboro home comfortable throughout heating season.
If you have old, drafty windows, now is an ideal time to think about replacing them. Did you know your home lets out the majority of its warmth through windows and doors?
Windows solely can account for a 30 percent energy loss. And other seemingly insignificant leaks in your attic and basement can count up quickly. A standard home has enough leaks to be comparable to leaving a medium-sized window ajar 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Owensboro, we’re committed to bettering energy efficiency. Learn how you can increase 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 comfortable home while keeping heating costs low.
- Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find 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 costs.
- Add more insulation in your attic. Depending on where you live, your home should have at the very least 6–13 inches of loose fill or 7–19 inches of fiberglass. Your utility company can provide advice for insulation during your energy audit.
- Seal attic leaks and spray expanding foam into cracks in your foundation. The energy audit can help find these leaks.
- Buy a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility costs, depending on the type.
- Switch your ceiling fan to spin the other way, which will send warm air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep cold air in its place—outside. Buy or build ones to suit your windowsills or entryway.
- Select energy-efficient window coverings, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can decrease heat loss by 40 percent or more in the winter. Insulated window quilts are equally as functional and generally more sensibly priced.
- Make the best use of southern-facing windows. Keep window coverings open during the day to let sunlight add comfort to the room. Close them at night to cover the chilly 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 upsides than just keeping energy bills in check.
- Help manage condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle condensation that can cause your windows to stop working sooner.
- Increase indoor air quality.
- Lower environmental impact by using less energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next level with exclusive glass options from Pella.
We have the right solution 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 deliver more defense for your home. Many Pella® options include dual panes, while certain product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local Owensboro Pella professionals for more details.
We add argon, a clear, nontoxic gas denser than air, between the panes of glass. This provides additional 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
- Stop most of the sun’s harmful UV rays, helping prevent 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* works for many climates. It’s a popular alternative 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 ideal for northern climates. The unique Low-E technology offers balanced insulation from chilly winters and mild summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is ideal for frigid climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It provides superior insulation from the cold while letting the sun’s heat to flow in and warm your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our specialists at Pella of Owensboro can help you find the right energy-efficient product and glass styles for your home. Stop by our showroom or reach out to our team at 270-684-3028. 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.