Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Providence, Massachusetts

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There’s no debating that the weather in Providence is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to show off any issues such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be replaced. These aren’t huge problems, but they can affect your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are usually things that are relatively simple to handle as a homeowner, like appropriate shades for replacement windows.

Believe it or not, shades on replacement windows may help to save energy and potentially save you money on your monthly energy costs. Correct installation is key to reaping the best benefit from shades, but you can maximize those results by making seasonal adjustments in the way you utilize 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 offer the best chance to give you warmth within your home, so keep your shades open throughout 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 conducive to 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 jump up. 
While you may not normally think about the insulation that replacement window shades can give you, they may surprise you. If you think you’re a homeowner who works to improve your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows can help you easily add something to the routine. There are a number of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Providence, so stop by some time to view all of the options. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 508-413-3004 or set up an in-home consultation with us through our online scheduler.

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