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9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Albany Winters

9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Albany Winters

Managing heating costs doesn’t mean you have to set your thermostat way down. There are a couple easy steps you can take to keep your Albany home comfy throughout cold weather.

If you have old, leaky windows, now is an ideal time to contemplate getting new ones. Did you realize your home leaks a lot of its conditioned air through windows and doors?

Windows on their own can amount to a 30 percent energy loss. And other minor leaks in your attic and basement can add up quickly. A normal home has enough leaks to be comparable to having a medium-sized window ajar every day!

At Pella of Albany, we’re dedicated to enhancing energy efficiency. Discover how you can increase your home’s comfort by requesting a free consultation.

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9 Ways to Keep Energy Bills Low and Stay Warm

Here are several ways you can have a warm home while keeping heating expenses low.

  1. Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and methods to enhance energy efficiency. This audit can be free or low cost, depending on your utility company. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy bills.
  2. Add more 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 suggestions 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 leaks.
  4. Get a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility costs, depending on the type.
  5. Adjust your ceiling fan to move left to right, which will push warm air down.
  6. Use a draft stopper to keep cold air where it should go—outside. Buy or build ones to fit your windowsills or entryway.
  7. Select energy-efficient window treatments, 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 comparably as efficient and generally less expensive.
  8. Take advantage of southern-facing windows. Keep window coverings open during the day to let sunlight add comfort to the room. Draw them at night to cover the cold glass.
  9. Replace old or single-pane windows with energy-efficient options from Pella.

4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows

Energy-efficient windows have more upsides than just keeping utility expenses low.

They can:

  1. Help control condensation.
  2. Last longer, because they handle water that can cause your windows to break down prematurely.
  3. Increase indoor air quality.
  4. Lessen environmental impact by consuming less energy.

Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options

Take your energy efficiency to the next step with proprietary glass options 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 distinct climate types.

How it Works

More panes of glass give more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® models come with dual panes, while some product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local Albany Pella professionals for more details.

We add argon, a colorless, nontoxic gas denser than air, between the panes of glass. This provides additional 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
  • Filter most of the sun’s dangerous UV rays, helping end 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* works for the majority of climates. It’s a preferred option 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 special Low-E technology delivers uniform insulation from chilly 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 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 specialists at Pella of Albany can help you find the right energy-efficient product and glass possibilities for your home. Stop by our showroom or reach out to our team at 518-414-5302. 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.

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