Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Salt Lake City, UT

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There’s no debating that the environment in Salt Lake City is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to highlight any issues such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be fixed. These aren’t big problems, but they can impact your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are typically things that are fairly 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 probably save you money on your monthly energy bills. Correct installation is key to realizing the most 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 get the least amount of sunlight, which means heat isn’t being gained, so leave the shades closed.
  • Replacement windows on the southern walls of your home give you 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 helpful for energy efficiency, as it can cause your cooling system to run more often. Make sure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut through the day when summer temps jump up. 
While you may not commonly think about the insulation that replacement window shades can give you, they might surprise you. If you think you’re a homeowner who works to better your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows may help you easily add something to the program. There are a host of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Salt Lake City, so stop by some time to take a look at them. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 385-203-8083 or arrange an in-home consultation with us through our online scheduler.

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