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
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
- 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
- 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:
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.
- 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.