Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Boise, ID

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There’s no debating that the weather in Boise is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to highlight any issues such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be replaced. These aren’t big concerns, but they can impact your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are typically things that are relatively simple to handle as a homeowner, like suitable 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 expenses. Proper installation is crucial to reaping the most benefit from shades, but you can maximize those results by completing seasonal adjustments in the way you use your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows normally get the least amount of sunlight, which means there isn’t much heat to be 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 remember to keep these shades open for extended periods through the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can leave you with a little added warmth during 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 jump up. 
While you may not normally think about the insulation that replacement window shades can provide, they could 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 mix. There are a host of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Boise, so stop by some time to check them out. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 208-373-0002 or arrange an in-home consultation with us through our online scheduler.

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