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9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During El Paso Winters

9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During El Paso Winters

Managing heating costs doesn’t mean you must turn your thermostat way down. There are a couple easy steps you can take to keep your El Paso home comfy throughout cold weather.

If you have aging, leaky windows, now is an ideal time to think about installing new ones. Did you realize your home lets out the majority of its conditioned air through windows and doors?

Windows solely can be responsible for a 30 percent energy loss. And other minor leaks in your attic and basement can count up fast. A standard home has enough leaks to be similar to leaving a medium-sized window wide open 24 hours a day!

At Pella of El Paso, we’re committed to bettering energy efficiency. Find out how you can improve your home’s comfort by requesting a free consultation.

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9 Ways to Keep Energy Bills Low and Stay Warm

Here are several ways you can have a cozy home while keeping heating bills low.

  1. Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find leaks and tips to enhance energy efficiency. This audit can be free or reasonable, depending on where you live. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy expenses.
  2. Add additional 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 make suggestions for insulation during your energy audit.
  3. Plug attic leaks and spray expanding foam into holes in your foundation. The energy audit can help discover these problems.
  4. Get a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility costs, depending on the type.
  5. Adjust your ceiling fan to spin the other way, which will push warm air down.
  6. Add a draft stopper to keep cold air in its place—outside. Buy or create ones to work with your windowsills or entryway.
  7. Select energy-efficient window treatments, 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 equally as effective and usually more reasonable.
  8. Take advantage of southern-facing windows. Keep curtains open during the day to let sunlight heat the room. Close them at night to cover the cold glass.
  9. Replace aging or single-pane windows with energy-efficient products from Pella.

4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows

Energy-efficient windows have more upsides than only keeping energy expenses reasonable.

They can:

  1. Help control condensation.
  2. Last longer, because they manage moisture that can cause your windows to deteriorate sooner.
  3. Increase indoor air quality.
  4. Reduce environmental impact by consuming a smaller amount of energy.

Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options

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

We have the right style for your weather, regardless of where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection gives the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s targeted for certain climate types.

How it Works

Additional panes of glass give more defense for your home. Many Pella® options come with dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local El Paso Pella professionals for more information.

We add argon, a clear, 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
  • Block most of the sun’s dangerous UV rays, helping prevent bleaching to your carpet

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* works for many climates. It’s a popular choice 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 special Low-E technology provides uniform insulation from moderate 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 provides superior insulation from the cold while allowing the sun’s heat to flow in and warm your home.

We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home

Our specialists at Pella of El Paso can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass styles for your home. Stop by our showroom or call our team at 915-213-1497. 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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