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9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Boston Winters

9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Boston Winters

Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you have to switch your thermostat on a cold temp. There are a couple easy steps you can take to keep your Boston home comfortable throughout cold weather.

If you have outdated, drafty windows, now is an ideal time to consider getting new ones. Did you know your home leaks the majority of its heat through windows and doors?

Windows on their own can account for a 30 percent energy loss. And other minor leaks in your attic and basement can count up rapidly. A standard home has enough leaks to be comparable to leaving a medium-sized window wide open all day!

At Pella of Boston, we’re passionate about bettering energy efficiency. Find out how you can improve 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 cozy home while keeping heating expenses down.

  1. Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and ways to enhance 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 costs.
  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 recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
  3. Plug attic leaks and spray expanding foam into crevices in your foundation. The energy audit can help locate these problems.
  4. Get a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility expenses, depending on the type.
  5. Adjust your ceiling fan to move the other way, which will move heated air down.
  6. Add a draft stopper to keep chilly air where it should go—outside. Buy or create ones to suit your windowsills or entryway.
  7. Choose energy-efficient window solutions, 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 generally more sensibly priced.
  8. Make the best use of southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight add comfort to the room. Shut them at night to cover the cool glass.
  9. Replace old or single-pane windows with energy-efficient solutions from Pella.

4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows

Energy-efficient windows have more upsides than simply keeping utility bills reasonable.

They can:

  1. Help control condensation.
  2. Last longer, because they handle condensation that can cause your windows to stop working sooner.
  3. Enhance indoor air quality.
  4. Lower environmental impact by consuming less energy.

Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options

Take your energy efficiency to the next step with exclusive glass solutions from Pella.

We offer the right solution for your weather, wherever where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection gives the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s created for specific climate types.

How it Works

Extra panes of glass provide more defense for your home. Many Pella® models come with dual panes, while some product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local Boston Pella professionals for more details.

We add argon, a clear, nontoxic gas thicker than air, between the panes of glass. This gives more insulation from the cold—and heat.

Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:

  • Send heat into your home into the winter
  • Direct heat away from your home in the summer
  • Stop most of the sun’s harmful UV rays, helping end 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 suitable for many climates. It’s a popular 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 offers balanced insulation from moderate 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 come in and heat your home.

We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home

Our specialists at Pella of Boston can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Visit our showroom or call our team at 781-239-1161. 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.

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