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How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Plattsburgh, NY

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Plattsburgh, NY

There’s no debating that the weather in Plattsburgh is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to highlight any deficiencies such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be fixed. These aren’t huge problems, but they can affect your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are normally things that are pretty simple to handle as a homeowner, like suitable 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 maximize those results by completing seasonal adjustments in the way you use your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows usually get 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 keep your shades open through the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can provide a little added warmth during morning hours from the east and afternoon on your western windows.

During Summer Months:

  • The heat of summer isn’t conducive to 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 might surprise you. If you think you’re a homeowner who works to better your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows might help you easily add something to the routine. There are a host of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Plattsburgh, so stop by some time to view all of the options. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 518-310-2118 or schedule an in-home consultation with us using our online scheduler.

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