Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Scottsdale, AZ

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There’s no debating that the weather in Scottsdale is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to highlight any problems such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be fixed. These aren’t big concerns, but they can affect your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are usually things that are pretty simple to fix as a homeowner, like proper shades for replacement windows.

Believe it or not, shades on replacement windows could help to save energy and probably save you money on your monthly energy costs. Proper installation is crucial to realizing the best benefit from shades, but you can better those results by implementing 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 a good chance to gain heat, so leave the shades closed.
  • Replacement windows on the southern walls of your home offer the best chance to provide warmth within your home, so open your shades through 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 beneficial for energy efficiency, as it can mean your system is running more often. Make sure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut during the day when summer temps jump up. 
While you may not commonly think about the insulation that replacement window shades can provide, they could surprise you. If you consider yourself to be 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 variety of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Scottsdale, so stop by some time to take a look at them. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 480-296-2022 or set up an in-home consultation with us through our online scheduler.

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