Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Grand Rapids, MI

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There’s no debating that the climate in Grand Rapids is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to bring out any deficiencies such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be replaced. These aren’t big issues, but they can affect your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are typically things that are fairly simple to fix as a homeowner, like appropriate 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. Appropriate installation is essential to gaining the most benefit from shades, but you can maximize those results by implementing seasonal adjustments in the way you utilize your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows usually get 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 remember to keep these shades open for extended periods through the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can provide 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 throughout the day when summer temps jump up. 
While you may not normally think about the insulation that replacement window shades can offer, they could surprise you. If you see yourself as a homeowner who works to better 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 Grand Rapids, so stop by some time to view all of the options. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 616-201-0206 or schedule an in-home consultation with us using our online scheduler.

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