Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in South Portland, ME

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There’s no debating that the climate in South Portland is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to highlight any deficiencies such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be addressed. These aren’t huge issues, but they can affect your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are normally things that are relatively 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 probably save you money on your monthly energy expenses. Correct installation is essential to gaining the most benefit from shades, but you can maximize those results by implementing seasonal adjustments in the way you employ your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows normally have 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 offer the best chance to offer you warmth within your home, so remember to keep these shades open for extended periods throughout the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can offer 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 cause your cooling system to run more often. Make sure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut throughout 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 see yourself as a homeowner who works to increase your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows can help you easily add something to the mix. There are a number of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in South Portland, so stop by some time to check them out. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 207-517-2331 or arrange an in-home consultation with us using our online scheduler.

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