With every change of season comes differences in how your home works. As the weather turns cooler, you may find some home deficiencies, like drafty windows or old caulking, impacting your home’s comfort levels and energy efficiency. If you notice a difference in the atmosphere of your house, 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—appropriate shades and blinds.
Shades or blinds on replacement windows have the potential to save you money on your monthly utility bills, even more so during winter months in Norwalk 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 usually get the least amount of sunlight. It’s a good idea 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 allow you to benefit from some natural warmth from the sun during Norwalk winters. Keep your shades open on your south windows for extended periods of time because these windows offer the best chance of netting some of the sun’s warmth.
- East-facing windows – Keep your shades open on the east side of your home throughout the morning.
- West-facing windows – During the afternoon and evening, you should keep your shades on the west side of your house open. Blinds are also a great option for west-facing windows (interior blinds are better than exterior blinds in the winter because they will allow more heat in).
Saving energy in your home can be that easy with window shade adjustments, but proper installation is also crucial. Keeping your shades as close to your window glass as possible will help minimize 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 attract heat in the winter.
People often overlook the energy efficiency shades and blinds can give a home. If you are in need of increasing your comfort levels this winter and you think your windows could 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 Norwalk showroom, so stop by and check them out. You can also give us a call at 203-663-3778 or set up an in-home appointment with us online so we can assess your windows and give you shade recommendations.