Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Roanoke, Virginia

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There’s no debating that the weather in Roanoke is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to highlight any problems such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be addressed. These aren’t huge issues, but they can hinder your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are typically things that are fairly simple to fix as a homeowner, like suitable shades for replacement windows.

Believe it or not, shades on replacement windows can help to save energy and likely save you money on your monthly energy bills. Correct installation is key to gaining the best benefit from shades, but you can maximize those results by completing seasonal adjustments in the way you use your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows tend to have 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 give you the best chance to give you warmth within your home, so keep your shades open during the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can offer 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 cause your cooling system to run more often. Be sure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut during the day when summer temps soar. 
While you may not commonly think about the insulation that replacement window shades can offer, they might surprise you. If you think you’re 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 number of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Roanoke, so stop by some time to check them out. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 540-466-1918 or arrange an in-home consultation with us using our online scheduler.

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