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How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Norwalk, CT

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Norwalk, CT

There’s no debating that the climate in Norwalk is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to show off any issues such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be addressed. These aren’t big problems, but they can impact your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are usually 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 potentially save you money on your monthly energy costs. Proper installation is crucial to realizing the most benefit from shades, but you can maximize those results by making seasonal adjustments in the way you utilize your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows usually get 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 leave you with the best chance to provide warmth within your home, so keep your shades open through the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can provide 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 beneficial for energy efficiency, as it can cause your cooling system to run more often. Make sure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut through the day when summer temps rise. 
While you may not commonly think about the insulation that replacement window shades can offer, 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 program. There are a host of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Norwalk, so stop by some time to check them out. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 203-663-3778 or schedule an in-home consultation with us using our online scheduler.

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