Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Monroe, CT

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There’s no debating that the environment in Monroe 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 addressed. These aren’t big problems, but they can hinder your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are normally things that are fairly simple to handle as a homeowner, like proper shades for replacement windows.

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

During Winter Months:

  • North windows tend to receive 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 provide warmth within your home, so open your shades throughout the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can leave you with a little added warmth throughout morning hours from the east and afternoon on your western windows.

During Summer Months:

  • The heat of summer isn’t helpful for energy efficiency, as it can cause your cooling system to run more often. Be 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 offer, they might surprise you. If you see yourself as a homeowner who works to increase your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows might help you easily add something to the mix. There are a variety of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Monroe, so stop by some time to check them out. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 203-295-4486 or set up an in-home consultation with us using our online scheduler.

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