9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Calgary Winters
Monitoring heating costs doesn’t mean you must set your thermostat way down. There are several easy steps you can take to keep your Calgary home comfy throughout the winter.
If you have outdated, leaky windows, now is a great time to contemplate getting new ones. 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 small leaks in your attic and basement can count up fast. The average home has enough leaks to be like having a medium-sized window open all day!
At Pella of Calgary, we’re committed to improving energy efficiency. Discover how you can improve your home’s comfort by scheduling a free consultation.
9 Ways to Keep Energy Bills Low and Stay Warm
Here are several ways you can have a warm home while keeping heating bills low.
- Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps find leaks and methods to boost 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 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 offer advice 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 expenses, depending on the type.
- Adjust your ceiling fan to rotate left to right, which will send hot air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep chilly air where it belongs—outside. Buy or build ones to suit your windowsills or entryway.
- Select 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 similarly as functional and often more sensibly priced.
- Benefit from southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight warm the room. Close them at night to cover the chilly glass.
- Replace aging or single-pane windows with energy-efficient solutions from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more upsides than simply keeping energy bills reasonable.
- Help manage condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle water that can cause your windows to stop working more quickly.
- 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 proprietary glass styles from Pella.
We have the right solution for your area, regardless of where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection offers the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s created for certain climate types.
How it Works
More panes of glass provide more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® options are available with dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Contact your local Calgary Pella professionals for more details.
We include argon, a clear, nontoxic gas denser than air, between the panes of glass. This provides extra insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Redirect heat into your home into the winter
- Move heat away from your home in the summer
- Stop most of the sun’s hazardous UV rays, helping prevent bleaching 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 a lot of climates. It’s a favorite 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 ideal for northern climates. The special Low-E technology delivers even insulation from moderate winters and mild summers.
4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon
NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is ideal for arctic climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It supplies excellent 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 specialists at Pella of Calgary can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Stop by our showroom or call our team at 403-681-6363. 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.