9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Kingston Winters
Monitoring heating costs doesn’t mean you must set your thermostat on a low temp. There are a few easy steps you can take to keep your Kingston home comfy throughout cold weather.
If you have aging, leaky windows, now is an ideal time to consider replacing them. Did you know your home leaks most of its conditioned air through windows and doors?
Windows on their own can account for a 30 percent energy loss. And other seemingly insignificant leaks in your attic and basement can count up quickly. The average home has enough leaks to be like having a medium-sized window ajar all day!
At Pella of Kingston, we’re committed to improving energy efficiency. Find out how you can increase your home’s comfort by booking 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 low.
- Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and tips to enhance energy efficiency. This audit can be free or low cost, depending on your location. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy expenses.
- 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 provide advice for insulation during your energy audit.
- Seal attic leaks and spray expanding foam into crevices 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 bills, depending on the model.
- Switch your ceiling fan to spin the other way, which will send hot air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep chilly air where it belongs—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 equally as efficient and usually more reasonable.
- Benefit from 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 aging or single-pane windows with energy-efficient options from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more upsides than simply keeping heating and cooling bills low.
- Help handle condensation.
- Last longer, because they manage condensation that can cause your windows to break down more quickly.
- Improve indoor air quality.
- Lessen environmental impact by needing 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 offer the right solution for your area, wherever where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection gives the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s designed for certain climate types.
How it Works
Additional panes of glass give more defense for your home. Many Pella® options include dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local Kingston Pella professionals for more information.
We add argon, a colorless, nontoxic gas heavier than air, between the panes of glass. This offers extra insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Send heat into your home into the winter
- Move heat away from your home in the summer
- Stop most of the sun’s hazardous UV rays, helping avoid 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* 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 exclusive Low-E technology delivers balanced insulation from chilly winters and pleasant 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 delivers superior insulation from the cold while letting the sun’s heat to circulate and add comfort to your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our experts at Pella of Kingston can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Stop by our showroom or contact our team at 845-663-1025. We can help take care of 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.