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9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Providence Winters

9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Providence Winters

Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you need to set your thermostat way down. There are a few quick you can take to keep your Providence home comfortable throughout cold weather.

If you have aging, drafty windows, now is a great time to think about replacing them. Were you aware your home leaks the majority 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 count up rapidly. A normal home has enough leaks to be like having a medium-sized window ajar all day!

At Pella of Providence, we’re committed to improving energy efficiency. Find out how you can increase your home’s comfort by scheduling a free consultation.

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9 Ways to Keep Energy Bills Low and Stay Warm

Here are several ways you can have a comfortable home while keeping heating expenses low.

  1. Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find leaks and ways 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.
  2. Add additional 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.
  3. Plug attic leaks and spray expanding foam into crevices in your foundation. The energy audit can help locate these leaks.
  4. Install a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility costs, depending on the brand.
  5. Switch your ceiling fan to spin the other way, which will send hot air down.
  6. Add a draft stopper to keep frigid air where it should go—outside. Buy or create ones to fit your windowsills or entryway.
  7. Choose 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 effective and often more sensibly priced.
  8. Make the best use of southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight heat the room. Close them at night to cover the chilly glass.
  9. Replace aging or single-pane windows with energy-efficient products from Pella.

4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows

Energy-efficient windows have more benefits than just keeping utility expenses low.

They can:

  1. Help control condensation.
  2. Last longer, because they handle condensation that can cause your windows to deteriorate prematurely.
  3. Increase indoor air quality.
  4. Reduce 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 proprietary glass options from Pella.

We offer the right option for your climate, regardless of where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection offers the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s designed for distinct climate types.

How it Works

Extra panes of glass provide more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® styles are available with dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Ask your local Providence Pella professionals for more information.

We insert argon, a transparent, nontoxic gas denser than air, between the panes of glass. This offers extra insulation from the cold—and heat.

Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:

  • Send heat into your home into the winter
  • Move heat away from your home in the summer
  • Stop most of the sun’s harmful UV rays, helping avoid 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 choice 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 exclusive Low-E technology offers balanced insulation from cool 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 supplies exceptional insulation from the cold while permitting the sun’s heat to flow in and warm your home.

We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home

Our professionals at Pella of Providence can help you choose the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Stop by our showroom or contact our team at 508-413-3004. 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.

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