Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in West Springfield, MA

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There’s no debating that the weather in West Springfield is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to bring out any problems such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be fixed. These aren’t great issues, but they can impact your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are typically things that are pretty simple to take care of as a homeowner, like suitable shades for replacement windows.

Believe it or not, shades on replacement windows could help to save energy and probably save you money on your monthly energy expenses. Appropriate installation is essential to gaining the greatest benefit from shades, but you can maximize those results by making seasonal adjustments in the way you use your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows normally get the least amount of sunlight, which means there isn’t a good chance to gain heat, so leave the shades closed.
  • Replacement windows on the southern walls of your home give you the best chance to offer you warmth within your home, so keep your shades open through the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can provide a little added warmth through 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 during the day when summer temps soar. 
While you may not normally think about the insulation that replacement window shades can provide, they might surprise you. If you consider yourself to be a homeowner who works to better your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows may help you easily add something to the mix. There are a number of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in West Springfield, so stop by some time to view all of the options. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at (413) 561-7599 or set up an in-home consultation with us using our online scheduler.

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