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

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

There’s no debating that the weather in Syracuse is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to show off any problems such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be replaced. These aren’t huge problems, but they can affect your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are typically things that are relatively simple to take care of as a homeowner, like proper shades for replacement windows.

Believe it or not, shades on replacement windows could help to save energy and potentially save you money on your monthly energy costs. Correct installation is essential to realizing the greatest benefit from shades, but you can maximize those results by implementing seasonal adjustments in the way you employ your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows normally get the least amount of sunlight, which means there isn’t much heat to be 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 through 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 beneficial for energy efficiency, as it can mean your system is running more often. Be 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 consider yourself to be a homeowner who works to improve your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows may help you easily add something to the mix. There are a variety of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Syracuse, so stop by some time to take a look at them. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 315-565-0399 or set up an in-home consultation with us using our online scheduler.

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