Improve Energy Savings with Shades

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

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There’s no debating that the climate in Kalamazoo 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 impact your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are typically things that are pretty simple to take care of as a homeowner, like suitable shades for replacement windows.

Believe it or not, shades on replacement windows can help to save energy and potentially save you money on your monthly energy expenses. Correct installation is essential to gaining the best benefit from shades, but you can maximize those results by making seasonal adjustments in the way you use your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows tend to have 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 leave you with the best chance to offer 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 offer a little added warmth through 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. Ensure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut during the day when summer temps rise. 
While you may not routinely think about the insulation that replacement window shades can provide, they might surprise you. If you think you’re a homeowner who works to better your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows may help you easily add something to the program. There are a variety of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Kalamazoo, so stop by some time to view all of the options. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 269-215-4157 or schedule an in-home consultation with us using our online scheduler.

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