9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Ketchum Winters
Managing heating costs doesn’t mean you need to turn your thermostat on a cold temp. There are a couple simple you can take to keep your Ketchum home cozy throughout the winter.
If you have outdated, drafty windows, now is a good time to think about getting new ones. Did you realize your home lets out most of its warmth through windows and doors?
Windows solely can amount to a 30 percent energy loss. And other minor leaks in your attic and basement can add up fast. A normal home has enough leaks to be similar to having a medium-sized window ajar 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Ketchum, we’re passionate about improving energy efficiency. Find out how you can boost your home’s comfort by requesting a free consultation.
9 Ways to Keep Energy Bills Low and Stay Warm
Here are several ways you can have a comfortable home while keeping heating bills in check.
- Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find leaks and ways to increase energy efficiency. This audit can be free or low cost, depending on your utility company. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy bills.
- 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 offer advice for insulation during your energy audit.
- Seal attic leaks and spray expanding foam into cracks in your foundation. The energy audit can help discover these problems.
- Buy a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility costs, depending on the type.
- Set your ceiling fan to rotate clockwise, which will move warm air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep cold air where it should go—outside. Buy or create ones to work with your windowsills or entryway.
- Choose energy-efficient window treatments, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can limit heat loss by 40 percent or more during heating season. Insulated window quilts are comparably as efficient and usually more reasonable.
- Make the best use of southern-facing windows. Keep window coverings open during the day to let sunlight heat the room. Close them at night to cover the cool glass.
- Replace aging or single-pane windows with energy-efficient products from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more advantages than only keeping utility costs in check.
- Help control condensation.
- Last longer, because they manage water that can cause your windows to stop working more quickly.
- Enhance indoor air quality.
- Lessen environmental impact by consuming not as much energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next level with proprietary glass solutions from Pella.
We offer the right solution for your weather, no matter 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
More panes of glass provide more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® models come with dual panes, while certain product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local Ketchum Pella professionals for more details.
We insert argon, a colorless, nontoxic gas heavier than air, between the panes of glass. This gives additional 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
- Stop most of the sun’s harmful UV rays, helping prevent 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 suitable for the majority of 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 best for northern climates. The special Low-E technology provides even insulation from chilly winters and pleasant summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is ideal for snowy climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It delivers exceptional insulation from the cold while letting the sun’s heat to come in and warm your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our specialists at Pella of Ketchum can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass possibilities for your home. Visit our showroom or call our team at 208-726-0060. 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.