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9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Santa Fe Winters

9 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency During Santa Fe Winters

Managing heating costs doesn’t mean you have to switch your thermostat on a low temp. There are several simple you can take to keep your Santa Fe home comfy throughout cold weather.

If you have old, drafty windows, now is a good time to consider replacing them. Did you realize your home leaks most of its conditioned air through windows and doors?

Windows on their own can account for a 30 percent energy loss. And other minor leaks in your attic and basement can add up fast. The average home has enough leaks to be comparable to keeping a medium-sized window wide open 24 hours a day!

At Pella of Santa Fe, we’re passionate about bettering energy efficiency. Discover how you can improve your home’s comfort by booking 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 warm home while keeping heating costs down.

  1. Schedule an energy audit through your utility company. It helps identify leaks and methods to enhance energy efficiency. This audit can be free or low cost, depending on your utility company. And it can help you save 5–30 percent on your energy expenses.
  2. 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 make advice for insulation during your energy audit.
  3. Seal attic leaks and spray expanding foam into holes in your foundation. The energy audit can help find these issues.
  4. Install a smart thermostat, which can help you save 10–23 percent on utility bills, depending on the type.
  5. Adjust your ceiling fan to move left to right, which will send hot air down.
  6. Add a draft stopper to keep cold air where it should go—outside. Buy or create ones to work with your windowsills or entryway.
  7. 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 equally as effective and generally more reasonable.
  8. Benefit from southern-facing windows. Keep window treatments open during the day to let sunlight add comfort to the room. Close them at night to cover the chilly glass.
  9. Replace outdated or single-pane windows with energy-efficient products from Pella.

4 Extra Benefits of Energy-Efficient Windows

Energy-efficient windows have more benefits than simply keeping heating and cooling bills in check.

They can:

  1. Help handle condensation.
  2. Last longer, because they manage condensation that can cause your windows to deteriorate prematurely.
  3. Increase indoor air quality.
  4. Lower environmental impact by using less energy.

Boost Your Efficiency with Pella’s Glass Options

Take your energy efficiency to the next level with proprietary glass solutions from Pella.

We offer the right solution for your area, no matter 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

More panes of glass give more energy efficiency for your home. Many Pella® styles include dual panes, while select product lines can be upgraded to triple pane. Ask your local Santa Fe Pella professionals for more information.

We insert argon, a transparent, 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:

  • 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 prevent fading 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* works for a lot of 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 suited for northern climates. The special Low-E technology delivers even insulation from cool winters and temperate summers.

4. NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon

NaturalSun Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon2*** is best for frigid climates like the far northern U.S. and Canada. It supplies superior insulation from the cold while allowing the sun’s heat to circulate and warm your home.

We Can Help You Find the Right Product for Your Home

Our experts at Pella of Santa Fe can help you locate the right energy-efficient product and glass options for your home. Visit our showroom or call our team at 505-373-1286. 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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