9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Peoria Winters
Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you need to turn your thermostat on a cold temp. There are a couple quick you can take to keep your Peoria home comfortable throughout heating season.
If you have aging, drafty windows, now is a great time to consider replacing them. Did you realize your home leaks the majority of its conditioned air through windows and doors?
Windows solely can be responsible for a 30 percent energy loss. And other seemingly insignificant leaks in your attic and basement can add up quickly. The average home has enough leaks to be similar to keeping a medium-sized window wide open all day!
At Pella of Peoria, we’re passionate about bettering energy efficiency. Discover 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 in check.
- Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps identify leaks and ways to boost 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 bills.
- Add extra 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 make advice for insulation during your energy audit.
- Stop attic leaks and spray expanding foam into holes 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 costs, depending on the model.
- Adjust your ceiling fan to move left to right, which will push hot air down.
- Get a draft stopper to keep frigid air where it belongs—outside. Buy or make ones to fit your windowsills or entryway.
- Choose 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 functional and often more reasonable.
- Make the best use of southern-facing windows. Keep window coverings open during the day to let sunlight add comfort to the room. Close them at night to cover the chilly glass.
- Replace old or single-pane windows with energy-efficient options from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more advantages than simply keeping energy bills low.
- Help handle condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle water that can cause your windows to stop working sooner.
- Enhance indoor air quality.
- Lower 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 styles from Pella.
We have the right option for your weather, wherever where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection offers the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s targeted for specific climate types.
How it Works
Additional panes of glass give more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® options are available with dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local Peoria Pella professionals for more information.
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:
- Send heat into your home into the winter
- Redirect heat away from your home in the summer
- Filter most of the sun’s hazardous 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 suitable for many climates. It’s a favorite choice because it shields 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 uniform insulation from cool winters and pleasant summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is best for arctic climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It delivers superior insulation from the cold while permitting the sun’s heat to circulate and add comfort to your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our experts at Pella of Peoria can help you choose the right energy-efficient product and glass possibilities for your home. Visit our showroom or call our team at 309-306-3893. 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.