9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Edmonton Winters
Managing heating costs doesn’t mean you must turn your thermostat on a low temp. There are a few quick you can take to keep your Edmonton home comfortable throughout the winter.
If you have aging, poorly fitted windows, now is a great time to think about replacing them. Did you know your home leaks the majority of its warmth through windows and doors?
Windows solely can be responsible for a 30 percent energy loss. And other seemingly insignificant 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 ajar 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Edmonton, we’re passionate about enhancing energy efficiency. Find out how you can increase your home’s comfort by requesting a free consultation.
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 low.
- Book an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and tips to boost energy efficiency. This audit can be free or inexpensive, depending on your utility company. 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 make recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Stop attic leaks and spray expanding foam into holes in your foundation. The energy audit can help locate these leaks.
- Get a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility bills, depending on the type.
- Adjust your ceiling fan to spin clockwise, which will send hot air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep frigid air where it should go—outside. Buy or build ones to suit your windowsills or entryway.
- Pick energy-efficient window treatments, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can decrease heat loss by 40 percent or more in the winter. Insulated window quilts are comparably as effective and usually more sensibly priced.
- Benefit from southern-facing windows. Keep curtains open during the day to let sunlight warm the room. Close them at night to cover the chilly glass.
- Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient products from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more benefits than just keeping heating and cooling bills low.
- Help handle condensation.
- Last longer, because they manage water that can cause your windows to deteriorate prematurely.
- Enhance indoor air quality.
- Lessen environmental impact by needing less energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next level with exclusive glass styles from Pella.
We offer the right style for your climate, wherever where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection offers the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s created for distinct climate types.
How it Works
Additional panes of glass provide more defense for your home. Many Pella® options come with dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Ask your local Edmonton Pella professionals for more specifics.
We add argon, a colorless, 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:
- Redirect heat into your home into the winter
- Direct heat away from your home in the summer
- Filter most of the sun’s hazardous UV rays, helping avoid 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 the majority of climates. It’s a popular 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 provides uniform insulation from moderate winters and temperate summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is best for frigid climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It supplies excellent insulation from the cold while permitting the sun’s heat to flow in and add comfort to your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our specialists at Pella of Edmonton can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Stop by our showroom or call our team at 780-439-9344. 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.