9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Eau Claire Winters
Managing heating costs doesn’t mean you need to turn your thermostat on a cold temp. There are several quick you can take to keep your Eau Claire home comfortable throughout cold weather.
If you have outdated, drafty windows, now is a great time to consider installing new ones. Were you aware your home lets out the majority of its warmth through windows and doors?
Windows on their own can be responsible for a 30 percent energy loss. And other seemingly insignificant leaks in your attic and basement can add up quickly. A standard home has enough leaks to be similar to keeping a medium-sized window wide open all day!
At Pella of Eau Claire, we’re passionate about bettering energy efficiency. Find out how you can boost your home’s comfort by requesting a free consultation.
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.
- Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and methods to boost 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 expenses.
- Add additional 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 suggestions 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 leaks.
- Install a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility costs, depending on the type.
- Set your ceiling fan to spin clockwise, which will send warm air down.
- Use a draft stopper to keep chilly air where it belongs—outside. Buy or create ones to fit your windowsills or entryway.
- Select energy-efficient window solutions, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can reduce heat loss by 40 percent or more during cold weather. Insulated window quilts are comparably as effective and generally more sensibly priced.
- Make the best use of southern-facing windows. Keep curtains open during the day to let sunlight warm the room. Close them at night to cover the chilly glass.
- Replace old or single-pane windows with energy-efficient solutions from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more upsides than simply keeping energy costs in check.
- Help manage condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle water that can cause your windows to stop working sooner.
- Enhance indoor air quality.
- Lessen environmental impact by needing less energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next level with proprietary glass options from Pella.
We provide the right option for your area, no matter where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection presents the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s created for distinct climate types.
How it Works
Additional panes of glass give more protection for your home. Many Pella® styles include dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Ask your local Eau Claire Pella professionals for more specifics.
We add argon, a transparent, nontoxic gas denser 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
- Redirect heat away from your home in the summer
- Stop most of the sun’s harmful UV rays, helping end bleaching to your furniture
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 the majority of climates. It’s a favorite choice because it protects 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 provides uniform 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 delivers 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 specialists at Pella of Eau Claire can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Come to our showroom or reach out to our team at 715-836-9301. 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.