Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Boston, MA

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There’s no debating that the environment in Boston 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 replaced. These aren’t huge problems, but they can impact your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are normally things that are fairly simple to fix as a homeowner, like suitable shades for replacement windows.

Believe it or not, shades on replacement windows may help to save energy and potentially save you money on your monthly energy bills. Correct installation is essential to realizing the greatest 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 usually receive the least amount of sunlight, which means heat isn’t being 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 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 beneficial for energy efficiency, as it can mean your system is running more often. Be sure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut through the day when summer temps jump up. 
While you may not routinely think about the insulation that replacement window shades can offer, they might surprise you. If you see yourself as 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 variety of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Boston, so stop by some time to view all of the options. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 617-712-2342 or set up an in-home consultation with us through our online scheduler.

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