Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Wellesley, MA

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There’s no debating that the climate in Wellesley is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to bring out any issues such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be fixed. These aren’t huge 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 proper 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 gaining the greatest benefit from shades, but you can maximize those results by making seasonal adjustments in the way you employ your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows tend to have 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 offer the best chance to give you warmth within your home, so open your shades during the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can offer a little added warmth through 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 cause your cooling system to run more often. Make sure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut throughout the day when summer temps jump up. 
While you may not normally think about the insulation that replacement window shades can provide, they might surprise you. If you consider yourself to be a homeowner who works to improve your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows may help you easily add something to the program. There are a number of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Wellesley, so stop by some time to check them out. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 781-239-1161 or set up an in-home consultation with us using our online scheduler.

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