With the new season comes differences in how your home operates. 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 see 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 item that can help enhance 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, particularly during winter months in Eau Claire when temperatures get lower. The key to getting the most benefit from your shades and blinds is proper 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 a good idea to keep 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 allow you to benefit from some natural warmth from the sun during Eau Claire winters. Keep your shades open on your south windows for prolonged periods of time because these windows offer 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 during the morning hours.
- West-facing windows – Keep your shades open during the afternoon and evening on the west side of your home. Blinds are also a good 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 key. Keeping your shades as close to your window glass as possible will help decrease 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 attract heat in the winter.
People often ignore the energy efficiency shades and blinds can offer a home. If you are in need of increasing 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 ready for replacement windows. Pella Windows and Doors offers a variety of window shade and blind styles at our Eau Claire showroom, so come stop by. You can also give us a call at 715-836-9301 or set up an in-home appointment with us online so we can evaluate your windows and give you shade recommendations.