Improve Energy Savings with Shades

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

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

Believe it or not, shades on replacement windows could help to save energy and potentially save you money on your monthly energy bills. Correct installation is essential to reaping the greatest benefit from shades, but you can maximize those results by completing seasonal adjustments in the way you use your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows tend to receive the least amount of sunlight, which means there isn’t much heat to be gained, so leave the shades closed.
  • Replacement windows on the southern walls of your home leave you with the best chance to give you warmth within your home, so remember to keep these shades open for extended periods throughout the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can offer 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 conducive to energy efficiency, as it can mean your system is running more often. Ensure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut during the day when summer temps soar. 
While you may not commonly think about the insulation that replacement window shades can offer, they could surprise you. If you consider yourself to be a homeowner who works to improve your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows can help you easily add something to the program. There are a number of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Springfield, so stop by some time to take a look at them. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 217-793-0550 or schedule an in-home consultation with us utilizing our online scheduler.

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