Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Wilmington, North Carolina

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There’s no debating that the weather in Wilmington is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to show off any deficiencies such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be replaced. These aren’t big problems, but they can affect your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are normally things that are pretty simple to take care of as a homeowner, like appropriate shades for replacement windows.

Believe it or not, shades on replacement windows could help to save energy and likely save you money on your monthly energy bills. Proper installation is essential to gaining the most benefit from shades, but you can heighten those results by making seasonal adjustments in the way you employ your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows tend to 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 provide warmth within your home, so keep your shades open throughout 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 during the day when summer temps soar. 
While you may not normally think about the insulation that replacement window shades can provide, they may surprise you. If you think you’re a homeowner who works to increase your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows may help you easily add something to the mix. There are a host of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Wilmington, so stop by some time to take a look at them. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 910-218-9596 or set up an in-home consultation with us utilizing our online scheduler.

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