Monitoring heating costs doesn’t mean you need to switch your thermostat way down. There are a couple simple you can take to keep your Muncie home comfortable throughout heating season.
If you have outdated, drafty windows, now is an ideal time to consider getting new ones. Were you aware your home loses most of its heat through windows and doors?
Windows alone can be responsible for a 30 percent energy loss. And other seemingly insignificant leaks in your attic and basement can add up fast. The average home has enough leaks to be like leaving a medium-sized window wide open 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Muncie, we’re passionate about bettering energy efficiency. Discover how you can boost your home’s comfort by scheduling a free consultation.
9 Ways to Keep Energy Bills Low and Stay Warm
Here are a few ways you can have a warm home while keeping heating expenses in check.
- Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and tips to enhance energy efficiency. This audit can be free or inexpensive, depending on your location. 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 least 6–13 inches of loose fill or 7–19 inches of fiberglass. Your utility company can make suggestions for insulation during your energy audit.
- Stop attic leaks and spray expanding foam into cracks in your foundation. The energy audit can help discover these issues.
- Buy a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility expenses, depending on the type.
- Set your ceiling fan to spin left to right, which will push hot air down.
- Use a draft stopper to keep chilly air where it belongs—outside. Buy or create ones to suit your windowsills or entryway.
- Select energy-efficient window solutions, 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 equally as functional and usually less expensive.
- Benefit from southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight warm the room. Shut them at night to cover the chilly glass.
- Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient products from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more upsides than simply keeping energy bills reasonable.
- Help control condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle condensation that can cause your windows to break down prematurely.
- Increase indoor air quality.
- Reduce environmental impact by using less energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next stage with proprietary glass styles from Pella.
We provide the right solution for your climate, no matter 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
Extra panes of glass provide more protection for your home. Many Pella® styles include dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local Muncie Pella professionals for more specifics.
We insert argon, a transparent, nontoxic gas heavier 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
- Redirect heat away from your home in the summer
- Block most of the sun’s hazardous UV rays, helping avoid dulling 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 a lot of climates. It’s a preferred option 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 suited for northern climates. The special Low-E technology offers even insulation from moderate 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 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 Muncie can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Come to our showroom or call our team at 317-983-5642. 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.