Managing heating costs doesn’t mean you must set your thermostat way down. There are a couple simple you can take to keep your Hingham home cozy throughout the winter.
If you have aging, leaky windows, now is a great time to think about replacing them. Did you realize your home loses the majority of its heat through windows and doors?
Windows alone can amount to a 30 percent energy loss. And other small leaks in your attic and basement can add up fast. The average home has enough leaks to be like leaving a medium-sized window ajar all day!
At Pella of Hingham, we’re dedicated to enhancing energy efficiency. Learn how you can boost your home’s comfort by booking a free consultation.
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 costs low.
- Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps identify leaks and methods to boost energy efficiency. This audit can be free or reasonable, depending on your utility company. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy expenses.
- Add additional 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 recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Stop attic leaks and spray expanding foam into crevices in your foundation. The energy audit can help discover these problems.
- Install a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility costs, depending on the model.
- Set your ceiling fan to rotate the other way, which will send hot air down.
- Get a draft stopper to keep frigid air where it should go—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 decrease heat loss by 40 percent or more during cold weather. Insulated window quilts are similarly as functional and usually less expensive.
- Make the best use of southern-facing windows. Keep window coverings open during the day to let sunlight warm the room. Shut them at night to cover the cool glass.
- Replace aging or single-pane windows with energy-efficient solutions from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more benefits than simply keeping utility bills reasonable.
- Help manage condensation.
- Last longer, because they control water that can cause your windows to stop working sooner.
- Improve indoor air quality.
- Reduce environmental impact by using less energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next stage with special glass solutions from Pella.
We have the right solution for your weather, regardless of where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection offers the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s designed for specific climate types.
How it Works
Additional panes of glass provide more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® styles are available with dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local Hingham Pella professionals for more specifics.
We add argon, a clear, nontoxic gas denser than air, between the panes of glass. This gives additional insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Reflect heat into your home into the winter
- Move heat away from your home in the summer
- Filter most of the sun’s harmful UV rays, helping avoid fading to your furniture
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 many climates. It’s a preferred choice 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 ideal for northern climates. The exclusive Low-E technology delivers even insulation from cool 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 supplies excellent insulation from the cold while letting the sun’s heat to flow in and warm your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our experts at Pella of Hingham can help you find the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Come to our showroom or contact our team at 781-826-8005. We can help resolve 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.