Monitoring heating costs doesn’t mean you need to set your thermostat on a low temp. There are a couple easy steps you can take to keep your Albuquerque home comfy throughout heating season.
If you have old, poorly fitted windows, now is an ideal time to contemplate replacing them. Were you aware your home leaks the majority of its heat through windows and doors?
Windows alone can account for a 30 percent energy loss. And other minor leaks in your attic and basement can total up quickly. A normal home has enough leaks to be like having a medium-sized window ajar 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Albuquerque, we’re dedicated to enhancing energy efficiency. Learn how you can boost your home’s comfort by scheduling 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.
- Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find leaks and ways 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 bills.
- 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 provide advice 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 issues.
- Get a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility costs, depending on the brand.
- Adjust your ceiling fan to rotate clockwise, which will push warm air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep chilly air where it belongs—outside. Buy or create ones to fit your windowsills or entryway.
- Choose energy-efficient window solutions, 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 equally as efficient and often more sensibly priced.
- Take advantage of southern-facing windows. Keep curtains open during the day to let sunlight warm the room. Draw them at night to cover the chilly glass.
- Replace aging or single-pane windows with energy-efficient options from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more upsides than only keeping heating and cooling costs reasonable.
- Help manage condensation.
- Last longer, because they control water that can cause your windows to break down prematurely.
- Enhance indoor air quality.
- Lower environmental impact by using less energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next stage with exclusive glass options from Pella.
We offer the right option for your weather, wherever where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection presents the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s designed for distinct climate types.
How it Works
Extra panes of glass deliver more protection for your home. Many Pella® styles are available with dual panes, while certain product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local Albuquerque Pella professionals for more specifics.
We include argon, a transparent, nontoxic gas heavier than air, between the panes of glass. This offers more 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
- Block most of the sun’s dangerous UV rays, helping prevent dulling 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 suitable for many climates. It’s a favorite alternative 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 suited for northern climates. The unique Low-E technology delivers uniform 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 arctic climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It delivers exceptional insulation from the cold while allowing 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 Albuquerque can help you find the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Come to our showroom or contact our team at 505-373-1296. 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.