9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Davenport Winters
Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you must switch your thermostat on a low temp. There are a few simple you can take to keep your Davenport home comfortable throughout heating season.
If you have old, drafty windows, now is a good time to think about replacing them. Did you realize your home leaks most of its warmth through windows and doors?
Windows solely can account for a 30 percent energy loss. And other seemingly insignificant leaks in your attic and basement can total up fast. A standard home has enough leaks to be like having a medium-sized window wide open every day!
At Pella of Davenport, we’re committed to bettering energy efficiency. Find out how you can boost your home’s comfort by requesting a free consultation.
9 Ways to Keep Energy Bills Low and Stay Warm
Here are a few ways you can have a comfortable home while keeping heating bills low.
- Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find leaks and tips to boost energy efficiency. This audit can be free or inexpensive, depending on where you live. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy costs.
- Add more 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 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 discover these leaks.
- Get a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility expenses, depending on the brand.
- Switch your ceiling fan to spin clockwise, which will push warm air down.
- Get a draft stopper to keep cold air in its place—outside. Buy or build ones to fit your windowsills or entryway.
- Select energy-efficient window treatments, 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 functional and usually more sensibly priced.
- Make the best use of southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight heat the room. Close them at night to cover the chilly glass.
- Replace aging or single-pane windows with energy-efficient products from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more upsides than just keeping utility expenses reasonable.
- Help manage condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle condensation that can cause your windows to stop working more quickly.
- Enhance indoor air quality.
- Lower environmental impact by using not as much energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next level with exclusive glass solutions from Pella.
We offer the right style for your weather, wherever where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection gives the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s created for certain climate types.
How it Works
More panes of glass give more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® options include dual panes, while some product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local Davenport Pella professionals for more details.
We include argon, a transparent, nontoxic gas thicker than air, between the panes of glass. This provides extra insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Send heat into your home into the winter
- Redirect heat away from your home in the summer
- Block most of the sun’s harmful 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* works for many climates. It’s a favorite 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 ideal for northern climates. The exclusive Low-E technology provides balanced insulation from cool winters and pleasant summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is ideal for snowy climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It supplies exceptional insulation from the cold while letting the sun’s heat to circulate and heat your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our experts at Pella of Davenport can help you choose the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Visit our showroom or contact our team at 563-202-8576. 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.