Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you must switch your thermostat on a cold temp. There are several easy steps you can take to keep your Baltimore home cozy throughout the winter.
If you have aging, poorly fitted windows, now is an ideal time to contemplate replacing them. Were you aware your home loses the majority of its warmth through windows and doors?
Windows solely can be responsible for a 30 percent energy loss. And other small leaks in your attic and basement can total up fast. A standard home has enough leaks to be comparable to having a medium-sized window ajar every day!
At Pella of Baltimore, we’re passionate about 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 a few ways you can have a comfortable home while keeping heating costs low.
- Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find leaks and tips to increase energy efficiency. This audit can be free or low cost, depending on where you live. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy expenses.
- 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 provide recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Seal attic leaks and spray expanding foam into holes 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 expenses, depending on the type.
- Set your ceiling fan to spin the other way, which will push heated air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep chilly air in its place—outside. Buy or make ones to fit your windowsills or entryway.
- Select 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 generally more reasonable.
- Make the best use of southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight add comfort to the room. Draw them at night to cover the cold glass.
- Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient products from Pella.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.
- Help handle condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle water that can cause your windows to stop working prematurely.
- Increase indoor air quality.
- Reduce environmental impact by needing a smaller amount of energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next level with exclusive glass options from Pella.
We offer the right option for your area, 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 provide more protection for your home. Many Pella® models are available with dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Ask your local Baltimore Pella professionals for more information.
We include argon, a clear, nontoxic gas heavier than air, between the panes of glass. This offers additional insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Redirect heat into your home into the winter
- Move heat away from your home in the summer
- Filter most of the sun’s dangerous UV rays, helping prevent fading 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 preferred choice because it protects 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 uniform insulation from moderate winters and mild summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is suited for frigid climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It supplies superior insulation from the cold while letting the sun’s heat to come in and warm your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our specialists at Pella of Baltimore can help you find the right energy-efficient product and glass styles for your home. Come to our showroom or reach out to our team at 301-637-0762. 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.