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The impact of shades on your home’s efficiency

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With every change of season comes differences in how your home works. As the weather gets colder, you may find a few home deficiencies, like drafty windows or old caulking, affecting your home’s comfort levels and energy efficiency. If you observe 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—appropriate shades and blinds.

Shades or blinds on replacement windows have the potential to save you money on your monthly energy costs, especially during winter months in Petoskey when temperatures drop. The key to getting the most benefit from your shades and blinds is correct installation. It’s also important to make these adjustments as the colder months approach:

  • North-facing windows – Your windows facing the north usually get the least amount of sunlight. It’s ideal to have 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 gives you some natural warmth from the sun during Petoskey winters. Keep your shades open on your south windows for extended periods of time because these windows give the best chance of capturing some of the sun’s warmth.
  • East-facing windows – Keep your shades open on the east side of your home during the morning hours.
  • West-facing windows – During the afternoon and evening, you should keep your shades on the west side of your house open. 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 easy with window shade adjustments, but proper installation is also crucial. Keeping your shades as close to your window glass as possible will help decrease heat loss. Window shades with a double layer of fabric are even better, if they are an option for your house. Lighter-colored window shades will reflect heat in the summer and darker-colored shades will absorb heat in the winter.

People often ignore the energy efficiency shades and blinds can provide for a home. If you are in need of enhancing your comfort levels this winter and you think your windows might be the problem, invest in proper shades and follow our opening and closing tips until you’re set for replacement windows. Pella Windows and Doors offers a variety of window shade and blind styles at our Petoskey showroom, so come and visit us. You can also give us a call at 231-622-4417 or set up an in-home appointment with us online so we can assess your windows and give you shade recommendations.