With every change of season comes differences in how your home functions. As the weather cools down, you may find certain home deficiencies, like drafty windows or old caulking, disturbing your home’s comfort levels and energy efficiency. If you observe a difference in the atmosphere of your home, 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 improve 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 utility bills, even more so during winter months in Albany when temperatures drop. The key to getting the most benefit from your shades and blinds is appropriate installation. It’s also important 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 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 gives you some natural warmth from the sun during Albany winters. Keep your shades open on your south windows for extended periods of time because these windows provide 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 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 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 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 minimize heat loss. Window shades with a double layer of fabric are even better, if they are an option for you and your home. 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 provide for a home. If you are in need of improving 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 prepared for replacement windows. Pella Windows and Doors offers a variety of window shade and blind styles at our Albany showroom, so come stop by. You can also give us a call at 518-414-5302 or set up an in-home appointment with us online so we can inspect your windows and give you shade recommendations.