9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Birmingham Winters
Monitoring heating costs doesn’t mean you have to switch your thermostat way down. There are a few quick you can take to keep your Birmingham home comfy throughout heating season.
If you have aging, poorly fitted windows, now is a great time to contemplate getting new ones. Did you know your home lets out most of its heat through windows and doors?
Windows solely can amount to a 30 percent energy loss. And other minor leaks in your attic and basement can total up rapidly. The average home has enough leaks to be similar to leaving a medium-sized window wide open every day!
At Pella of Birmingham, we’re dedicated to bettering energy efficiency. Discover 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 a couple of ways you can have a cozy home while keeping heating expenses in check.
- Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps identify leaks and tips to increase energy efficiency. This audit can be free or reasonable, depending on your location. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy bills.
- 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 provide recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Plug attic leaks and spray expanding foam into crevices 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 bills, depending on the type.
- Set your ceiling fan to spin clockwise, which will send warm air down.
- Use a draft stopper to keep frigid air in its place—outside. Buy or build ones to work with your windowsills or entryway.
- Select energy-efficient window coverings, 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 equally as effective and usually less expensive.
- Take advantage of southern-facing windows. Keep curtains open during the day to let sunlight add comfort to the room. Shut them at night to cover the cold glass.
- Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient options from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more benefits than only keeping utility costs in check.
- Help control condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle condensation that can cause your windows to deteriorate sooner.
- Enhance indoor air quality.
- Lessen environmental impact by consuming not as much energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next level with proprietary glass solutions from Pella.
We have the right solution for your weather, regardless of where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection gives the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s targeted for distinct climate types.
How it Works
Additional panes of glass provide more defense 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 Birmingham Pella professionals for more information.
We include argon, a transparent, nontoxic gas thicker than air, between the panes of glass. This provides additional insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Send heat into your home into the winter
- Direct heat away from your home in the summer
- Filter most of the sun’s hazardous UV rays, helping prevent dulling 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 suitable for the majority of climates. It’s a favorite 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 exclusive Low-E technology delivers even insulation from moderate winters and pleasant summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is ideal for arctic climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It provides exceptional insulation from the cold while letting the sun’s heat to come in and warm your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our experts at Pella of Birmingham can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass styles for your home. Visit our showroom or reach out to our team at 877-680-9617. 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.