With the changing season comes differences in how your home works. As the weather gets colder, you may find certain home deficiencies, like drafty windows or old caulking, impacting your home’s comfort levels and energy efficiency. If you see a difference in the atmosphere of your indoor space, you may need replacement windows (or replacement caulking). But while you are looking for more efficient windows, there’s an often-overlooked item that can help increase your energy efficiency and comfort now—suitable shades and blinds.
Shades or blinds on replacement windows have the potential to save you money on your monthly energy bills, especially during winter months in South Portland when temperatures dip. The crucial piece to getting the most benefit from your shades and blinds is appropriate installation. It’s also vital to make these adjustments as the colder months approach:
- North-facing windows – Your windows facing the north typically get the least amount of sunlight. It’s smart to keep your shades closed on these windows because not much heat will be gained from sunlight.
- South-facing windows – The windows on the south side of your house allow you to benefit from some natural warmth from the sun during South Portland winters. Keep your shades open on your south windows for prolonged periods of time because these windows give the best chance of catching some of the sun’s warmth.
- East-facing windows – Keep your shades open on the east side of your home in the early hours.
- West-facing windows – You can keep your shades open during the afternoon and evening hours for the windows on the west side. Blinds are also an appropriate option for west-facing windows (interior blinds are more suitable than exterior blinds in the winter because they will allow more heat in).
Saving energy in your home can be that much easier with window shade adjustments, but proper installation is also important. Keeping your shades as close to your window glass as possible will help reduce heat loss. Window shades with a double layer of fabric are even better, if they are an option for your space. Lighter-colored window shades will reflect heat in the summer and darker-colored shades will absorb heat in the winter.
People often overlook the energy efficiency shades and blinds can give a home. If you are in need of improving your comfort levels this winter and you think your windows may the problem, invest in proper shades and follow our opening and closing tips until you’re prepared for replacement windows. Pella Windows and Doors offers a variety of window shade and blind styles at our South Portland showroom, so come stop by. You can also give us a call at 207-253-1856 or set up an in-home appointment with us online so we can evaluate your windows and give you shade recommendations.