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How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

There’s no debating that the weather in Eau Claire 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 huge concerns, but they can affect your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are typically things that are fairly simple to take care of as a homeowner, like appropriate shades for replacement windows.

Believe it or not, shades on replacement windows may help to save energy and potentially save you money on your monthly energy bills. Correct installation is key to realizing the most benefit from shades, but you can maximize those results by implementing seasonal adjustments in the way you utilize your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows tend to receive the least amount of sunlight, which means there isn’t much heat to be gained, so leave the shades closed.
  • Replacement windows on the southern walls of your home give you the best chance to offer you warmth within your home, so remember to keep these shades open for extended periods during the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can leave you with 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 beneficial for energy efficiency, as it can mean your system is running more often. Be sure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut through the day when summer temps jump up. 
While you may not commonly think about the insulation that replacement window shades can provide, they may surprise you. If you see yourself as a homeowner who works to increase your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows can help you easily add something to the routine. There are a variety of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Eau Claire, so stop by some time to take a look at them. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 715-836-9301 or schedule an in-home consultation with us using our online scheduler.

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