With the new season comes differences in how your home operates. As the weather cools down, you may find certain home deficiencies, like drafty windows or old caulking, affecting your home’s comfort levels and energy efficiency. If you notice a difference in the atmosphere of your indoor space, you may need replacement windows (or replacement caulking). But while you are looking for more efficient windows, there’s an often-overlooked thing that can help enhance your energy efficiency and comfort now—proper shades and blinds.
Shades or blinds on replacement windows have the potential to save you money on your monthly utility bills, particularly during winter months in North Carolina when temperatures get lower. The significant way to getting the most benefit from your shades and blinds is proper installation. It’s also vital to make these adjustments as the colder months approach:
- North-facing windows – Your windows facing the north typically get the least amount of sunlight. It’s a good idea to have your shades closed on these windows because not much heat will be gained from sunlight.
- South-facing windows – The windows on the south side of your house offers some natural warmth from the sun during North Carolina winters. Keep your shades open on your south windows for extended periods of time because these windows give the best chance of capturing some of the sun’s warmth.
- East-facing windows – Keep your shades open on the east side of your home throughout the morning.
- West-facing windows – You can keep your shades open during the afternoon and evening hours for the windows on the west side. Blinds are also an appropriate option for west-facing windows (interior blinds are better than exterior blinds in the winter because they will allow more heat in).
Saving energy in your home can be that much easier with window shade adjustments, but proper installation is also key. Keeping your shades as close to your window glass as possible will help reduce heat loss. Window shades with a double layer of fabric are even better, if they are an option for you and your home. Lighter-colored window shades will reflect heat in the summer and darker-colored shades will attract heat in the winter.
People often forget the energy efficiency shades and blinds can give a home. If you are in need of improving your comfort levels this winter and you think your windows might be the problem, invest in proper shades and follow our opening and closing tips until you’re ready for replacement windows. Pella offers a variety of window shade and blind styles at our North Carolina showroom, so come and visit us. You can also reach us at 866-539-4196 or set up an in-home appointment with us online so we can evaluate your windows and give you shade recommendations.