Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Long Island, NY

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There’s no debating that the environment in Long Island is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to highlight any problems such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be replaced. These aren’t great problems, but they can affect your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are usually things that are relatively simple to handle 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 expenses. Correct installation is essential to gaining the greatest benefit from shades, but you can heighten 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 there isn’t much heat to be gained, so leave the shades closed.
  • Replacement windows on the southern walls of your home give you the best chance to provide warmth within your home, so open your shades 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. Be sure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut during the day when summer temps jump up. 
While you may not normally think about the insulation that replacement window shades can give you, they could surprise you. If you see yourself as a homeowner who works to better 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 Long Island, so stop by some time to take a look at them. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 516-331-0031 or schedule an in-home consultation with us utilizing our online scheduler.

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