With the changing season comes differences in how your home functions. As the weather cools down, 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 piece 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 bills, even more so during winter months in Champaign when temperatures drop. The key 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 tend to get the least amount of sunlight. It’s smart to leave 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 offers some natural warmth from the sun during Champaign winters. Keep your shades open on your south windows for long 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 in the early 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 a great 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 simple with window shade adjustments, but proper installation is also crucial. Keeping your shades as close to your window glass as possible will help minimize 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 forget the energy efficiency shades and blinds can offer 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 Champaign showroom, so come and visit us. You can also reach us at 217-356-6474 or set up an in-home appointment with us online so we can inspect your windows and give you shade recommendations.