Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia

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There’s no debating that the weather in North Carolina is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to bring out any deficiencies such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be replaced. These aren’t big issues, but they can hinder your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are typically things that are pretty simple to fix as a homeowner, like appropriate shades for replacement windows.

Believe it or not, shades on replacement windows may help to save energy and likely save you money on your monthly energy bills. Correct installation is essential to realizing the best benefit from shades, but you can better those results by making seasonal adjustments in the way you employ your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows usually get the least amount of sunlight, which means heat isn’t being gained, so leave the shades closed.
  • Replacement windows on the southern walls of your home offer the best chance to provide warmth within your home, so remember to keep these shades open for extended periods during the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can offer a little added warmth during morning hours from the east and afternoon on your western windows.

During Summer Months:

  • The heat of summer isn’t beneficial for energy efficiency, as it can mean your system is running more often. Make sure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut throughout the day when summer temps soar. 
While you may not commonly think about the insulation that replacement window shades can give you, they could surprise you. If you see yourself as a homeowner who works to better your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows might help you easily add something to the mix. There are a number of shades styles available at the Pella showroom in North Carolina, so stop by some time to view all of the options. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 866-539-4196 or set up an in-home consultation with us using our online scheduler.

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