Monitoring heating costs doesn’t mean you have to switch your thermostat on a cold temp. There are several easy steps you can take to keep your San Antonio home comfortable throughout the winter.
If you have old, drafty windows, now is a good time to contemplate replacing them. Did you know your home leaks most of its heat 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 add up quickly. A normal home has enough leaks to be like keeping a medium-sized window wide open all day!
At Pella of San Antonio, we’re passionate about improving 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 a couple of ways you can have a cozy home while keeping heating expenses down.
- Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find leaks and methods to increase 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 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 recommendations 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 problems.
- Get a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility bills, depending on the type.
- Set your ceiling fan to move the other way, which will move heated air down.
- Use a draft stopper to keep frigid air in its place—outside. Buy or make ones to suit your windowsills or entryway.
- Select energy-efficient window solutions, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can decrease heat loss by 40 percent or more during heating season. Insulated window quilts are comparably as efficient and often less expensive.
- Benefit from southern-facing windows. Keep window coverings open during the day to let sunlight heat the room. Draw them at night to cover the cool glass.
- Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient options from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more advantages than only keeping energy costs in check.
- Help control condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle moisture that can cause your windows to deteriorate sooner.
- Enhance indoor air quality.
- Lessen 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 solutions from Pella.
We offer the right solution for your climate, wherever where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection gives the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s designed for distinct climate types.
How it Works
Extra panes of glass give 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 San Antonio Pella professionals for more information.
We add argon, a clear, 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
- Move heat away from your home in the summer
- Stop most of the sun’s hazardous 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* works for the majority of climates. It’s a preferred option 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 special Low-E technology offers even insulation from chilly winters and pleasant summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is best for snowy climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It supplies excellent insulation from the cold while allowing the sun’s heat to flow in and heat your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our experts at Pella of San Antonio can help you choose the right energy-efficient product and glass possibilities for your home. Come to our showroom or contact our team at (210) 622-8673. We can help resolve 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.