9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Mankato Winters
Managing heating costs doesn’t mean you have to set your thermostat on a low temp. There are a couple easy steps you can take to keep your Mankato home comfy throughout heating season.
If you have aging, drafty windows, now is a good time to consider replacing them. Did you realize your home leaks a lot of its heat through windows and doors?
Windows on their own can be responsible for a 30 percent energy loss. And other small leaks in your attic and basement can count up fast. A standard home has enough leaks to be comparable to leaving a medium-sized window wide open 24 hours a day!
At Pella of Mankato, we’re passionate about enhancing energy efficiency. Discover how you can increase your home’s comfort by booking 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 down.
- Book an energy audit through your utility company. It helps locate leaks and tips 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 expenses.
- Add extra insulation in your attic. Depending on where you live, your home should have at minimum 6–13 inches of loose fill or 7–19 inches of fiberglass. Your utility company can make recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Stop attic leaks and spray expanding foam into holes in your foundation. The energy audit can help discover these problems.
- Install a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility expenses, depending on the brand.
- Set your ceiling fan to rotate the other way, which will push warm air down.
- Get a draft stopper to keep cold air where it belongs—outside. Buy or create ones to suit 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 effective and usually less expensive.
- 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- Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient products from Pella.
4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy-efficient windows have more advantages than simply keeping heating and cooling expenses reasonable.
- Help manage condensation.
- Last longer, because they manage condensation that can cause your windows to stop working prematurely.
- Enhance indoor air quality.
- Lower environmental impact by consuming a smaller amount of energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next stage with exclusive glass styles from Pella.
We provide 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 designed for certain climate types.
How it Works
Additional panes of glass provide more defense for your home. Many Pella® models are available with dual panes, while some product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Ask your local Mankato Pella professionals for more details.
We add argon, a colorless, nontoxic gas heavier than air, between the panes of glass. This gives more 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
- Block most of the sun’s dangerous UV rays, helping prevent dulling 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 compatible with many climates. It’s a preferred alternative 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 unique Low-E technology delivers even insulation from chilly winters and temperate 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 exceptional insulation from the cold while allowing the sun’s heat to circulate and heat your home.
We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home
Our specialists at Pella of Mankato can help you choose the right energy-efficient product and glass styles for your home. Visit our showroom or reach out to our team at 507-625-6933. 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.