Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Charlotte, North Carolina

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There’s no debating that the environment in Charlotte is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to highlight any problems 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 usually things that are relatively simple to fix as a homeowner, like appropriate 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. Proper installation is crucial to realizing the most benefit from shades, but you can heighten those results by making seasonal adjustments in the way you employ your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows normally get 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 leave you with the best chance to give you warmth within your home, so open your shades during 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 beneficial for energy efficiency, as it can mean your system is running more often. Make sure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut throughout the day when summer temps soar. 
While you may not normally 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 improve your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows might help you easily add something to the program. There are a number of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Charlotte, so stop by some time to check them out. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 704-228-9149 or set up an in-home consultation with us utilizing our online scheduler.

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