Managing heating costs doesn’t mean you have to set your thermostat way down. There are a couple quick you can take to keep your Overland Park home comfortable throughout the winter.
If you have outdated, poorly fitted windows, now is a good time to think about installing new ones. Did you realize your home lets out most of its warmth through windows and doors?
Windows alone can be responsible for a 30 percent energy loss. And other minor leaks in your attic and basement can total up quickly. The average home has enough leaks to be similar to leaving a medium-sized window open every day!
At Pella of Overland Park, 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 several ways you can have a comfortable home while keeping heating bills low.
- Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps identify leaks and methods to increase energy efficiency. This audit can be free or reasonable, depending on your utility company. 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 provide recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Plug attic leaks and spray expanding foam into crevices in your foundation. The energy audit can help locate 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 left to right, which will move warm air down.
- Get a draft stopper to keep cold air in its place—outside. Buy or make ones to work with 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 similarly as efficient and usually less expensive.
- Benefit from southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight warm the room. Shut them at night to cover the cold glass.
- Replace aging or single-pane windows with energy-efficient options from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more upsides than simply keeping energy bills in check.
- Help handle condensation.
- Last longer, because they control moisture that can cause your windows to stop working sooner.
- Enhance 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 step with exclusive glass solutions from Pella.
We have the right style for your area, wherever where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection gives the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s targeted for distinct climate types.
How it Works
More panes of glass give more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® styles come with dual panes, while some product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local Overland Park Pella professionals for more specifics.
We insert argon, a colorless, nontoxic gas thicker 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
- Move heat away from your home in the summer
- Block most of the sun’s harmful UV rays, helping avoid 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* is compatible with the majority of climates. It’s a popular 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 unique Low-E technology delivers uniform insulation from chilly 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 exceptional insulation from the cold while permitting the sun’s heat to circulate and heat your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our professionals at Pella of Overland Park can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass possibilities for your home. Stop by our showroom or reach out to our team at 913-246-5101. 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.