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9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Champaign Winters

9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Champaign Winters

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 Champaign home comfy throughout cold weather.

If you have old, drafty windows, now is a great time to contemplate getting new ones. Did you know your home loses most of its warmth through windows and doors?

Windows alone can amount to a 30 percent energy loss. And other minor leaks in your attic and basement can add up fast. The average home has enough leaks to be comparable to keeping a medium-sized window ajar 24 hours a day!

At Pella of Champaign, we’re passionate about enhancing energy efficiency. Find out how you can increase your home’s comfort by scheduling a free consultation.

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9 Ways to Keep Energy Bills Low and Stay Warm

Here are a few ways you can have a warm home while keeping heating bills 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 where you live. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy expenses.
  2. Add extra 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 make recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
  3. Stop attic leaks and spray expanding foam into cracks in your foundation. The energy audit can help locate these problems.
  4. Install a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility bills, depending on the brand.
  5. Switch your ceiling fan to move the other way, which will send hot air down.
  6. Get a draft stopper to keep frigid air where it should go—outside. Buy or create ones to suit your windowsills or entryway.
  7. Choose energy-efficient window coverings, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can limit heat loss by 40 percent or more during heating season. Insulated window quilts are comparably as functional and often less expensive.
  8. Make the best use of southern-facing windows. Keep curtains open during the day to let sunlight heat the room. Draw them at night to cover the cold glass.
  9. Replace old or single-pane windows with energy-efficient products from Pella.

4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows

Energy-efficient windows have more benefits than only keeping utility bills reasonable.

They can:

  1. Help manage condensation.
  2. Last longer, because they handle water that can cause your windows to stop working prematurely.
  3. Increase indoor air quality.
  4. Lower environmental impact by using not as much energy.

Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options

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

We have the right solution for your climate, regardless of where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection presents the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s created for specific climate types.

How it Works

Extra panes of glass provide more defense for your home. Many Pella® styles come with dual panes, while some product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local Champaign Pella professionals for more information.

We include argon, a colorless, 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:

  • Reflect heat into your home into the winter
  • Redirect heat away from your home in the summer
  • Stop most of the sun’s dangerous 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 a lot of climates. It’s a favorite alternative 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 ideal for northern climates. The unique Low-E technology provides even 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 excellent insulation from the cold while allowing the sun’s heat to flow in and warm your home.

We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home

Our professionals at Pella of Champaign can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass possibilities for your home. Come to our showroom or reach out to our team at 217-356-6474. 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.

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