9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Boise Winters
Managing heating costs doesn’t mean you have to turn your thermostat way down. There are a few easy steps you can take to keep your Boise home comfortable throughout heating season.
If you have old, leaky windows, now is a good time to think about installing new ones. Were you aware your home loses a lot of its conditioned air through windows and doors?
Windows solely can be responsible for a 30 percent energy loss. And other small leaks in your attic and basement can count up quickly. The average home has enough leaks to be similar to having a medium-sized window wide open every day!
At Pella of Boise, we’re dedicated to bettering 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 few ways you can have a warm home while keeping heating expenses in check.
- Request an energy audit through your utility company. It helps identify leaks and tips 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 expenses.
- Add extra 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 advice for insulation during your energy audit.
- Stop attic leaks and spray expanding foam into holes in your foundation. The energy audit can help find these problems.
- Install a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility costs, depending on the type.
- Set your ceiling fan to spin the other way, which will send warm air down.
- Use a draft stopper to keep frigid air where it belongs—outside. Buy or build ones to work with your windowsills or entryway.
- Choose 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 generally more sensibly priced.
- Benefit from southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight heat the room. Close them at night to cover the cold glass.
- Replace old or single-pane windows with energy-efficient options from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more benefits than only keeping energy bills low.
- Help manage condensation.
- Last longer, because they manage moisture that can cause your windows to deteriorate more quickly.
- Improve indoor air quality.
- Lower environmental impact by needing not as much energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next level with special glass styles from Pella.
We have the right option for your climate, no matter 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
More panes of glass give more protection for your home. Many Pella® options are available with dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local Boise Pella professionals for more specifics.
We insert argon, a clear, nontoxic gas thicker than air, between the panes of glass. This gives extra 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 dangerous UV rays, helping avoid dulling 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 favorite alternative because it shields 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 special Low-E technology delivers balanced insulation from moderate winters and mild summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is best for snowy climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It provides exceptional insulation from the cold while letting the sun’s heat to circulate and warm your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our professionals at Pella of Boise can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass styles for your home. Come to our showroom or call our team at 208-373-0002. 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.