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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 gets colder, you may find a few home deficiencies, like drafty windows or old caulking, impacting your home’s comfort levels and energy efficiency. If you notice 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, even more so during winter months in Cape Cod when temperatures dip. The significant way to getting the most benefit from your shades and blinds is appropriate installation. It’s also important to make these adjustments as the colder months approach:

  • North-facing windows – Your windows facing the north tend to get the least amount of sunlight. It’s smart to leave 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 Cape Cod winters. Keep your shades open on your south windows for prolonged periods of time because these windows provide the best chance of capturing some of the sun’s warmth.
  • East-facing windows – Keep your shades open on the east side of your home during the morning hours.
  • West-facing windows – Keep your shades open during the afternoon and evening on the west side of your home. Blinds are also an appropriate option for west-facing windows (interior blinds are better 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 crucial. Keeping your shades as close to your window glass as possible will help reduce heat loss. Window shades with a double layer of fabric are even better, if they are an option for your house. 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 provide for a home. If you are in need of improving your comfort levels this winter and you think your windows might be 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 Cape Cod showroom, so stop by and check them out. You can also give us a call at 508-638-5897 or set up an in-home appointment with us online so we can inspect your windows and give you shade recommendations.