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9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During North Carolina Winters

9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During North Carolina Winters

Monitoring heating costs doesn’t mean you must turn your thermostat on a low temp. There are a couple quick you can take to keep your North Carolina home comfortable throughout the winter.

If you have outdated, drafty windows, now is an ideal time to consider replacing them. Did you know your home leaks most of its warmth through windows and doors?

Windows solely can account for a 30 percent energy loss. And other small leaks in your attic and basement can total up quickly. A standard home has enough leaks to be like having a medium-sized window wide open 24 hours a day!

At Pella of North Carolina, we’re committed to enhancing energy efficiency. Discover how you can boost your home’s comfort by scheduling a free consultation.

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9 Ways to Keep Energy Bills Low and Stay Warm

Here are a few ways you can have a cozy home while keeping heating bills down.

  1. Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find leaks and ways to enhance 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 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 make suggestions for insulation during your energy audit.
  3. Plug attic leaks and spray expanding foam into holes in your foundation. The energy audit can help discover these problems.
  4. Install a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility bills, depending on the model.
  5. Set your ceiling fan to rotate left to right, which will push heated air down.
  6. Use a draft stopper to keep cold air where it should go—outside. Buy or create ones to suit your windowsills or entryway.
  7. Pick energy-efficient window coverings, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can limit heat loss by 40 percent or more in the winter. Insulated window quilts are comparably as effective and often more reasonable.
  8. Benefit from southern-facing windows. Keep curtains open during the day to let sunlight warm the room. Close them at night to cover the cold glass.
  9. Replace old or single-pane windows with energy-efficient products from Pella.

4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows

Energy-efficient windows have more benefits than simply keeping energy costs reasonable.

They can:

  1. Help control condensation.
  2. Last longer, because they control moisture that can cause your windows to break down prematurely.
  3. Enhance indoor air quality.
  4. Lessen environmental impact by consuming not as much energy.

Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options

Take your energy efficiency to the next stage with proprietary glass solutions from Pella.

We have the right option for your climate, no matter where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection offers the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s targeted for specific climate types.

How it Works

Extra panes of glass deliver 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 North Carolina Pella professionals for more information.

We insert argon, a colorless, nontoxic gas denser than air, between the panes of glass. This gives more insulation from the cold—and heat.

Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:

  • Redirect heat into your home into the winter
  • Redirect heat away from your home in the summer
  • Stop most of the sun’s dangerous UV rays, helping prevent fading 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 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 best for northern climates. The unique Low-E technology offers even insulation from moderate winters and temperate summers.

4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon

NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is ideal for frigid climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It supplies superior 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 professionals at Pella of North Carolina can help you choose the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Stop by our showroom or contact our team at 866-539-4196. 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.

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