Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Edmonton, AB

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There’s no debating that the weather in Edmonton is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to show off any problems such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be addressed. These aren’t great concerns, but they can hinder your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are typically things that are pretty simple to handle as a homeowner, like appropriate shades for replacement windows.

Believe it or not, shades on replacement windows may help to save energy and likely save you money on your monthly energy costs. Appropriate installation is key to reaping the best benefit from shades, but you can better those results by making seasonal adjustments in the way you utilize your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows tend to 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 give you the best chance to give you warmth within your home, so keep your shades open during the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can provide 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 conducive to energy efficiency, as it can mean your system is running more often. Be sure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut throughout the day when summer temps jump up. 
While you may not normally think about the insulation that replacement window shades can provide, they might surprise you. If you see yourself as 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 variety of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Edmonton, so stop by some time to check them out. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 780-439-9344 or schedule an in-home consultation with us through our online scheduler.

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