Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Rochester, Minnesota

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There’s no debating that the climate in Rochester 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 great problems, but they can hinder your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are normally things that are fairly simple to fix as a homeowner, like appropriate shades for replacement windows.

Believe it or not, shades on replacement windows could help to save energy and potentially save you money on your monthly energy expenses. Correct installation is essential to realizing the best benefit from shades, but you can maximize those results by making seasonal adjustments in the way you use your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows tend to have 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 leave you with 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 conducive to energy efficiency, as it can mean your system is running more often. Ensure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut during the day when summer temps soar. 
While you may not routinely think about the insulation that replacement window shades can offer, they may surprise you. If you consider yourself to be a homeowner who works to improve your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows might help you easily add something to the mix. There are a host of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Rochester, so stop by some time to take a look at them. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 507-847-1060 or schedule an in-home consultation with us through our online scheduler.

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