Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Denver, Colorado

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There’s no debating that the weather in Denver 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 fixed. These aren’t great issues, but they can hinder your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are typically things that are pretty simple to take care of as a homeowner, like proper 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 key to reaping the greatest 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 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 give you the best chance to offer you warmth within your home, so open your shades throughout the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can provide 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. Make sure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut through the day when summer temps jump up. 
While you may not normally think about the insulation that replacement window shades can provide, they may surprise you. If you consider yourself to be 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 host of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Denver, so stop by some time to view all of the options. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at (888) 841-5667 or schedule an in-home consultation with us utilizing our online scheduler.

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