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The impact of shades on your home’s efficiency

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With the new season comes differences in how your home works. As the weather turns cooler, 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 indoor space, 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 improve your energy efficiency and comfort now—proper shades and blinds.

Shades or blinds on replacement windows have the potential to save you money on your monthly energy costs, particularly during winter months in Woburn when temperatures get lower. The significant way to getting the most benefit from your shades and blinds is correct 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 keep 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 Woburn 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 in the early hours.
  • West-facing windows – Keep your shades open during the afternoon and evening on the west side of your home. Blinds are also a great option for west-facing windows (interior blinds are more beneficial than exterior blinds in the winter because they will allow more heat in).

Saving energy in your home can be that easy with window shade adjustments, but proper installation is also important. Keeping your shades as close to your window glass as possible will help minimize heat loss. Window shades with a double layer of fabric are even better, if they are an option for your space. Lighter-colored window shades will reflect heat in the summer and darker-colored shades will attract heat in the winter.

People often ignore the energy efficiency shades and blinds can give a home. If you are in need of improving your comfort levels this winter and you think your windows may the problem, invest in proper shades and follow our opening and closing tips until you’re prepared for replacement windows. Pella Windows and Doors offers a variety of window shade and blind styles at our Woburn showroom, so come and visit us. You can also reach us at 781-935-4947 or set up an in-home appointment with us online so we can assess your windows and give you shade recommendations.