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9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Northern Virginia Winters

9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Northern Virginia Winters

Managing heating costs doesn’t mean you have to switch your thermostat on a cold temp. There are several quick you can take to keep your Northern Virginia home comfortable throughout heating season.

If you have old, drafty windows, now is an ideal time to contemplate replacing them. Did you realize 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 small leaks in your attic and basement can count up quickly. The average home has enough leaks to be similar to keeping a medium-sized window open all day!

At Pella of Northern Virginia, we’re passionate about bettering energy efficiency. Find out 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 a couple of ways you can have a cozy home while keeping heating bills in check.

  1. Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find leaks and tips to increase 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.
  2. Add additional 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 recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
  3. Seal attic leaks and spray expanding foam into holes in your foundation. The energy audit can help locate these problems.
  4. Install a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility bills, depending on the model.
  5. Adjust your ceiling fan to spin clockwise, which will send hot air down.
  6. Add a draft stopper to keep cold air where it belongs—outside. Buy or make ones to fit your windowsills or entryway.
  7. Choose energy-efficient window treatments, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can reduce heat loss by 40 percent or more in the winter. Insulated window quilts are similarly as efficient and usually more reasonable.
  8. Take advantage of southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight warm the room. Shut them at night to cover the cold glass.
  9. Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient solutions from Pella.

4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows

Energy-efficient windows have more advantages than simply keeping energy bills in check.

They can:

  1. Help manage condensation.
  2. Last longer, because they handle water that can cause your windows to break down more quickly.
  3. Enhance 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 exclusive glass options from Pella.

We provide the right solution for your area, no matter where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection gives the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s targeted for certain climate types.

How it Works

Extra panes of glass deliver more defense for your home. Many Pella® models include dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local Northern Virginia Pella professionals for more specifics.

We add argon, a clear, 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
  • Move heat away from your home in the summer
  • Block most of the sun’s dangerous UV rays, helping avoid bleaching 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 popular 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 unique Low-E technology delivers even insulation from chilly winters and mild 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 exceptional insulation from the cold while letting the sun’s heat to circulate and warm your home.

We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home

Our specialists at Pella of Northern Virginia can help you choose the right energy-efficient product and glass styles for your home. Stop by our showroom or call our team at 571-292-3519. 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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