Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Kansas City, KS

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There’s no debating that the weather in Kansas City is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to show off any deficiencies such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be addressed. These aren’t huge 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 appropriate shades for replacement windows.

Believe it or not, shades on replacement windows may help to save energy and likely save you money on your monthly energy bills. Appropriate installation is crucial to reaping the most benefit from shades, but you can heighten those results by implementing seasonal adjustments in the way you employ your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows tend to have 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 leave you with the best chance to provide warmth within your home, so remember to keep these shades open for extended periods through the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can leave you with a little added warmth throughout morning hours from the east and afternoon on your western windows.

During Summer Months:

  • The heat of summer isn’t helpful for energy efficiency, as it can cause your cooling system to run more often. Make sure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut during the day when summer temps jump up. 
While you may not routinely think about the insulation that replacement window shades can provide, they may surprise you. If you think you’re a homeowner who works to better your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows can help you easily add something to the mix. There are a host of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Kansas City, so stop by some time to take a look at them. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 913-246-5101 or arrange an in-home consultation with us using our online scheduler.

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