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How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Albany, NY

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Albany, NY

There’s no debating that the environment in Albany is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to bring out any deficiencies such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be fixed. These aren’t great concerns, but they can impact your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are usually things that are relatively simple to fix 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. Proper installation is essential to gaining the greatest benefit from shades, but you can heighten those results by making seasonal adjustments in the way you use your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows normally receive 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 remember to keep these shades open for extended periods throughout the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can provide a little added warmth during 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. Ensure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut throughout the day when summer temps soar. 
While you may not normally think about the insulation that replacement window shades can provide, they may surprise you. If you consider yourself to be a homeowner who works to improve your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows can help you easily add something to the mix. There are a variety of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Albany, so stop by some time to take a look at them. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 518-414-5302 or set up an in-home consultation with us utilizing our online scheduler.

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