With the new season comes differences in how your home operates. As the weather cools down, you may find some home deficiencies, like drafty windows or old caulking, impacting your home’s comfort levels and energy efficiency. If you observe 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 piece that can help improve your energy efficiency and comfort now—suitable shades and blinds.
Shades or blinds on replacement windows have the potential to save you money on your monthly energy costs, especially during winter months in Des Moines when temperatures dip. The key to getting the most benefit from your shades and blinds is correct installation. It’s also important 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 ideal 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 offers some natural warmth from the sun during Des Moines winters. Keep your shades open on your south windows for long 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 – You can keep your shades open during the afternoon and evening hours for the windows on the west side. Blinds are also an appropriate 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 important. 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 space. Lighter-colored window shades will reflect heat in the summer and darker-colored shades will obtain heat in the winter.
People often overlook the energy efficiency shades and blinds can provide for a home. If you are in need of enhancing your comfort levels this winter and you think your windows might be 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 Des Moines showroom, so come and visit us. You can also reach us at 515-219-7723 or set up an in-home appointment with us online so we can assess your windows and give you shade recommendations.