9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Vancouver Winters
Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you have to set your thermostat on a cold temp. There are a few easy steps you can take to keep your Vancouver home comfy throughout cold weather.
If you have outdated, drafty windows, now is a good time to consider replacing them. Did you know your home leaks a lot of its warmth through windows and doors?
Windows alone can be responsible for a 30 percent energy loss. And other minor leaks in your attic and basement can count up quickly. A standard home has enough leaks to be comparable to keeping a medium-sized window ajar 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Vancouver, we’re committed to improving energy efficiency. Discover how you can improve 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 warm home while keeping heating bills in check.
- Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps identify leaks and ways to increase energy efficiency. This audit can be free or reasonable, depending on your utility company. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy costs.
- Add more 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 suggestions for insulation during your energy audit.
- Seal attic leaks and spray expanding foam into crevices in your foundation. The energy audit can help find these leaks.
- Get a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility bills, depending on the brand.
- Set your ceiling fan to spin the other way, which will send hot air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep frigid air where it belongs—outside. Buy or build ones to fit your windowsills or entryway.
- Pick energy-efficient window solutions, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can limit heat loss by 40 percent or more during cold weather. Insulated window quilts are comparably as functional and often more sensibly priced.
- Make the best use of southern-facing windows. Keep window coverings open during the day to let sunlight add comfort to the room. Close them at night to cover the cold glass.
- Replace old or single-pane windows with energy-efficient solutions from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more advantages than only keeping utility costs reasonable.
- Help manage condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle condensation that can cause your windows to stop working prematurely.
- Increase indoor air quality.
- Reduce 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 solutions from Pella.
We offer the right option for your climate, regardless of where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection gives the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s designed for distinct climate types.
How it Works
Extra panes of glass give more defense for your home. Many Pella® options include dual panes, while certain product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Ask your local Vancouver Pella professionals for more details.
We add argon, a clear, nontoxic gas denser than air, between the panes of glass. This offers more insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Send heat into your home into the winter
- Redirect heat away from your home in the summer
- Block most of the sun’s hazardous UV rays, helping end fading 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* is suitable for many climates. It’s a popular choice 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 ideal for northern climates. The special Low-E technology provides uniform insulation from cool winters and temperate 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 provides exceptional insulation from the cold while permitting the sun’s heat to circulate and heat your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our professionals at Pella of Vancouver can help you find the right energy-efficient product and glass styles for your home. Stop by our showroom or reach out to our team at 250-475-1277. 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.