9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Victoria Winters
Managing heating costs doesn’t mean you have to switch your thermostat on a low temp. There are several simple you can take to keep your Victoria home comfortable throughout heating season.
If you have aging, leaky windows, now is a great time to contemplate replacing them. Did you realize your home lets out the majority 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 rapidly. The average home has enough leaks to be like keeping a medium-sized window open all day!
At Pella of Victoria, we’re dedicated to bettering energy efficiency. Learn how you can improve your home’s comfort by booking 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 costs in check.
- Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find leaks and methods to increase energy efficiency. This audit can be free or low cost, depending on your utility company. 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 least 6–13 inches of loose fill or 7–19 inches of fiberglass. Your utility company can provide advice for insulation during your energy audit.
- Stop attic leaks and spray expanding foam into cracks in your foundation. The energy audit can help locate these issues.
- Buy a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility costs, depending on the model.
- Adjust your ceiling fan to spin left to right, which will move hot air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep chilly air in its place—outside. Buy or build ones to work with your windowsills or entryway.
- Choose energy-efficient window coverings, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can limit heat loss by 40 percent or more during cold weather. Insulated window quilts are comparably as effective and usually more reasonable.
- Make the best use of southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight warm the room. Draw 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 upsides than only keeping energy costs low.
- Help control condensation.
- Last longer, because they control condensation that can cause your windows to break down more quickly.
- Enhance indoor air quality.
- Lessen environmental impact by consuming less energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next stage with special glass solutions from Pella.
We have the right style for your weather, no matter where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection presents the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s designed for distinct climate types.
How it Works
More panes of glass give more defense for your home. Many Pella® styles are available with dual panes, while some product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local Victoria Pella professionals for more details.
We insert argon, a clear, nontoxic gas denser than air, between the panes of glass. This gives additional insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Reflect heat into your home into the winter
- Move heat away from your home in the summer
- Block 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 many climates. It’s a preferred 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 suited for northern climates. The special Low-E technology offers balanced insulation from chilly winters and mild 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 provides superior insulation from the cold while permitting the sun’s heat to come in and warm your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our professionals at Pella of Victoria can help you find the right energy-efficient product and glass possibilities for your home. Stop by our showroom or call our team at 250-475-1277. 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.