With every change of season comes differences in how your home operates. As the weather turns cooler, you may find some home deficiencies, like drafty windows or old caulking, affecting your home’s comfort levels and energy efficiency. If you see a difference in the atmosphere of your house, you may need replacement windows (or replacement caulking). But while you are looking for more efficient windows, there’s an often-overlooked item that can help improve your energy efficiency and comfort now—suitable shades and blinds.
Shades or blinds on replacement windows have the potential to save you money on your monthly energy costs, particularly during winter months in Providence when temperatures get lower. The key to getting the most benefit from your shades and blinds is correct installation. It’s also vital to make these adjustments as the colder months approach:
- North-facing windows – Your windows facing the north tend to get the least amount of sunlight. It’s ideal 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 allow you to benefit from some natural warmth from the sun during Providence winters. Keep your shades open on your south windows for extended periods of time because these windows offer 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 during the morning hours.
- West-facing windows – Keep your shades open during the afternoon and evening on the west side of your home. Blinds are also an appropriate option for west-facing windows (interior blinds are more beneficial than exterior blinds in the winter because they will allow more heat in).
Saving energy in your home can be that easy with window shade adjustments, but proper installation is also important. 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 absorb heat in the winter.
People often ignore the energy efficiency shades and blinds can give a home. If you are in need of enhancing your comfort levels this winter and you think your windows may the problem, invest in proper shades and follow our opening and closing tips until you’re prepared for replacement windows. Pella Windows and Doors offers a variety of window shade and blind styles at our Providence showroom, so come and visit us. You can also give us a call at 508-413-3004 or set up an in-home appointment with us online so we can assess your windows and give you shade recommendations.