With the new season comes differences in how your home operates. As the weather gets colder, you may find some home deficiencies, like drafty windows or old caulking, impacting your home’s comfort levels and energy efficiency. If you see a difference in the atmosphere of your home, you may need replacement windows (or replacement caulking). But while you are looking for more efficient windows, there’s an often-overlooked thing that can help increase 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 bills, particularly during winter months in Minneapolis when temperatures get lower. The crucial piece to getting the most benefit from your shades and blinds is proper installation. It’s also beneficial to make these adjustments as the colder months approach:
- North-facing windows – Your windows facing the north typically get the least amount of sunlight. It’s a good idea 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 Minneapolis winters. Keep your shades open on your south windows for long periods of time because these windows give the best chance of catching some of the sun’s warmth.
- East-facing windows – Keep your shades open on the east side of your home throughout the morning.
- West-facing windows – During the afternoon and evening, you should keep your shades on the west side of your house open. Blinds are also a great option for west-facing windows (interior blinds are more suitable than exterior blinds in the winter because they will allow more heat in).
Saving energy in your home can be that simple with window shade adjustments, but proper installation is also crucial. 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 your house. Lighter-colored window shades will reflect heat in the summer and darker-colored shades will obtain heat in the winter.
People often overlook the energy efficiency shades and blinds can give a home. If you are in need of increasing your comfort levels this winter and you think your windows could be the problem, invest in proper shades and follow our opening and closing tips until you’re ready for replacement windows. Pella Windows and Doors offers a variety of window shade and blind styles at our Minneapolis showroom, so come and visit us. You can also give us a call at 612-249-7371 or set up an in-home appointment with us online so we can inspect your windows and give you shade recommendations.