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9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Roanoke Winters

9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Roanoke Winters

Monitoring heating costs doesn’t mean you must turn your thermostat on a cold temp. There are a couple easy steps you can take to keep your Roanoke home cozy throughout the winter.

If you have outdated, drafty windows, now is a great time to contemplate replacing them. Were you aware your home loses a lot of its warmth through windows and doors?

Windows alone can amount to a 30 percent energy loss. And other seemingly insignificant leaks in your attic and basement can count up rapidly. A standard home has enough leaks to be like keeping a medium-sized window wide open every day!

At Pella of Roanoke, we’re passionate about improving energy efficiency. Discover how you can boost your home’s comfort by booking 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 comfortable home while keeping heating expenses low.

  1. Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find leaks and tips to increase energy efficiency. This audit can be free or reasonable, depending on where you live. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy expenses.
  2. 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 suggestions for insulation during your energy audit.
  3. Stop attic leaks and spray expanding foam into holes in your foundation. The energy audit can help locate these leaks.
  4. Install a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility bills, depending on the type.
  5. Set your ceiling fan to rotate left to right, which will send hot air down.
  6. Use a draft stopper to keep cold air in its place—outside. Buy or make ones to fit your windowsills or entryway.
  7. Choose energy-efficient window solutions, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can decrease heat loss by 40 percent or more in the winter. Insulated window quilts are comparably as effective and usually less expensive.
  8. Take advantage of southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight add comfort to the room. Close them at night to cover the cool glass.
  9. 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 energy expenses reasonable.

They can:

  1. Help manage condensation.
  2. Last longer, because they manage moisture 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 provide the right solution for your area, wherever where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection offers the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s created for distinct climate types.

How it Works

Extra panes of glass deliver more defense for your home. Many Pella® styles are available with dual panes, while certain product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Ask your local Roanoke Pella professionals for more specifics.

We add argon, a clear, nontoxic gas heavier than air, between the panes of glass. This provides more 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
  • Block most of the sun’s harmful UV rays, helping end bleaching 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* is compatible with a lot of climates. It’s a preferred alternative 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 special Low-E technology provides even insulation from chilly winters and temperate 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 delivers superior insulation from the cold while permitting the sun’s heat to come in and warm your home.

We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home

Our specialists at Pella of Roanoke 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 540-466-1918. 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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