Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Birmingham, AL

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There’s no debating that the environment in Birmingham is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to show off any issues such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be addressed. These aren’t huge issues, but they can impact your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are normally things that are relatively simple to handle as a homeowner, like appropriate shades for replacement windows.

Believe it or not, shades on replacement windows could help to save energy and probably save you money on your monthly energy costs. Appropriate installation is key to gaining the greatest benefit from shades, but you can better those results by implementing seasonal adjustments in the way you employ your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows usually 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 provide warmth within your home, so keep your shades open through 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 cause your cooling system to run more often. Ensure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut through the day when summer temps soar. 
While you may not routinely think about the insulation that replacement window shades can offer, they might surprise you. If you see yourself as a homeowner who works to improve your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows may help you easily add something to the routine. There are a host of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Birmingham, so stop by some time to check them out. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 205-236-7269 or arrange an in-home consultation with us using our online scheduler.

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