Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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There’s no debating that the climate in Cape Cod is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to highlight any problems such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be addressed. These aren’t big issues, but they can hinder your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are usually things that are pretty simple to handle as a homeowner, like suitable shades for replacement windows.

Believe it or not, shades on replacement windows can help to save energy and likely save you money on your monthly energy expenses. Proper installation is key to gaining the greatest benefit from shades, but you can maximize those results by implementing seasonal adjustments in the way you use your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows tend to receive 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 provide warmth within your home, so keep your shades open through the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can offer a little added warmth through 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 mean your system is running more often. Ensure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut throughout the day when summer temps soar. 
While you may not normally 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 can help you easily add something to the program. There are a host of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Cape Cod, so stop by some time to view all of the options. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 508-638-5897 or schedule an in-home consultation with us through our online scheduler.

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