Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Minneapolis, MN

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There’s no debating that the weather in Minneapolis is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to highlight any issues such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be addressed. These aren’t huge concerns, but they can hinder your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are normally things that are relatively simple to take care of 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. Appropriate installation is essential to realizing the best benefit from shades, but you can maximize those results by completing 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 offer you warmth within your home, so open your shades through 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 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 rise. 
While you may not commonly think about the insulation that replacement window shades can give you, they may surprise you. If you consider yourself to be a homeowner who works to increase your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows may help you easily add something to the mix. There are a variety of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Minneapolis, so stop by some time to view all of the options. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 612-249-7371 or schedule an in-home consultation with us using our online scheduler.

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