9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Kelowna Winters
Controlling heating costs doesn’t mean you need to turn your thermostat on a cold temp. There are a couple quick you can take to keep your Kelowna home cozy throughout cold weather.
If you have old, leaky windows, now is a good time to think about replacing them. Were you aware your home leaks the majority of its heat 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 add up quickly. A normal home has enough leaks to be comparable to having a medium-sized window ajar all day!
At Pella of Kelowna, we’re dedicated to bettering energy efficiency. Learn 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 a couple of ways you can have a comfortable home while keeping heating bills down.
- Book an energy audit through your utility company. It helps identify 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 expenses.
- Add extra 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 provide recommendations for insulation during your energy audit.
- Plug attic leaks and spray expanding foam into cracks in your foundation. The energy audit can help locate these leaks.
- Install a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility expenses, depending on the model.
- Set your ceiling fan to rotate left to right, which will push hot air down.
- Add a draft stopper to keep cold air where it should go—outside. Buy or build ones to fit your windowsills or entryway.
- Pick energy-efficient window coverings, like quilted curtains or cellular honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades can decrease heat loss by 40 percent or more in the winter. Insulated window quilts are similarly as efficient and generally less expensive.
- 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 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 advantages than just keeping energy bills low.
- Help manage condensation.
- Last longer, because they handle condensation that can cause your windows to stop working sooner.
- Increase indoor air quality.
- Lessen environmental impact by needing a smaller amount of energy.
Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options
Take your energy efficiency to the next level with special glass options from Pella.
We have the right style for your climate, regardless of where you live. Our InsulShield® Glass Collection gives the most innovative, energy-saving choices. Plus, it’s designed for specific climate types.
How it Works
Extra panes of glass give more defense for your home. Many Pella® models come with dual panes, while certain product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Talk with your local Kelowna Pella professionals for more specifics.
We insert argon, a clear, nontoxic gas denser than air, between the panes of glass. This gives more insulation from the cold—and heat.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings:
- Send heat into your home into the winter
- Move heat away from your home in the summer
- Filter most of the sun’s harmful UV rays, helping avoid 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 compatible with many climates. It’s a popular option 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 suited for northern climates. The special Low-E technology provides uniform 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 arctic climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It delivers 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 professionals at Pella of Kelowna can help you choose the right energy-efficient product and glass possibilities for your home. Stop by our showroom or reach out to our team at 250-863-7902. 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.