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9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During South Portland Winters

9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During South Portland Winters

Monitoring heating costs doesn’t mean you need to switch your thermostat way down. There are several simple you can take to keep your South Portland home cozy throughout heating season.

If you have old, drafty windows, now is an ideal time to contemplate installing new ones. Were you aware your home lets out most of its conditioned air through windows and doors?

Windows alone can account 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 leaving a medium-sized window ajar every day!

At Pella of South Portland, we’re committed to enhancing energy efficiency. Find out how you can increase your home’s comfort by requesting 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 cozy home while keeping heating costs low.

  1. Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find leaks and tips 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.
  2. 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 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 find these leaks.
  4. Buy a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility bills, depending on the type.
  5. Switch your ceiling fan to move clockwise, which will push warm air down.
  6. Add a draft stopper to keep cold air where it belongs—outside. Buy or build ones to suit your windowsills or entryway.
  7. Pick energy-efficient window solutions, 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 effective and generally more reasonable.
  8. Take advantage of southern-facing windows. Keep curtains open during the day to let sunlight heat the room. Close them at night to cover the chilly glass.
  9. Replace old or single-pane windows with energy-efficient options from Pella.

4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows

Energy-efficient windows have more upsides than just keeping energy expenses low.

They can:

  1. Help manage condensation.
  2. Last longer, because they control moisture that can cause your windows to deteriorate sooner.
  3. Enhance indoor air quality.
  4. Reduce environmental impact by needing not as much energy.

Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options

Take your energy efficiency to the next level with proprietary glass solutions from Pella.

We have the right style for your climate, wherever 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

Additional panes of glass deliver more defense for your home. Many Pella® options include dual panes, while some product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Ask your local South Portland Pella professionals for more specifics.

We insert argon, a clear, nontoxic gas heavier than air, between the panes of glass. This offers more 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 avoid fading 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 many climates. It’s a favorite 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 best for northern climates. The special Low-E technology provides even insulation from moderate winters and mild summers.

4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon

NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is ideal for arctic climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It supplies superior insulation from the cold while allowing the sun’s heat to come in and heat your home.

We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home

Our professionals at Pella of South Portland can help you find the right energy-efficient product and glass possibilities for your home. Come to our showroom or call our team at 207-253-1856. 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.

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