Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Champaign, IL

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There’s no debating that the environment in Champaign is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to bring out any problems such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be replaced. These aren’t great issues, but they can impact your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are normally things that are fairly simple to take care of as a homeowner, like suitable shades for replacement windows.

Believe it or not, shades on replacement windows could help to save energy and potentially save you money on your monthly energy expenses. Correct installation is key to gaining the greatest benefit from shades, but you can better those results by completing seasonal adjustments in the way you employ 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 leave you with the best chance to offer you warmth within your home, so open your shades through the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can provide 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 conducive to energy efficiency, as it can mean your system is running more often. Be 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 give you, they could surprise you. If you consider yourself to be a homeowner who works to better 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 Champaign, so stop by some time to check them out. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 217-356-6474 or arrange an in-home consultation with us using our online scheduler.

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