Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Des Moines, IA

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There’s no debating that the weather in Des Moines is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to bring out any issues such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be addressed. These aren’t great concerns, but they can impact your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are usually things that are relatively simple to handle as a homeowner, like proper shades for replacement windows.

Believe it or not, shades on replacement windows can help to save energy and potentially save you money on your monthly energy costs. Proper installation is key to reaping the most benefit from shades, but you can better those results by completing seasonal adjustments in the way you utilize your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows tend to receive the least amount of sunlight, which means heat isn’t being gained, so leave the shades closed.
  • Replacement windows on the southern walls of your home offer the best chance to offer you warmth within your home, so remember to keep these shades open for extended periods throughout 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. Ensure 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 give you, they could 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 routine. There are a host of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Des Moines, so stop by some time to view all of the options. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 515-219-7723 or schedule an in-home consultation with us through our online scheduler.

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