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How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Greenfield, MA

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Greenfield, MA

There’s no debating that the climate in Greenfield is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to highlight any issues such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be addressed. These aren’t great problems, but they can affect your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are usually things that are fairly simple to take care of as a homeowner, like proper 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 expenses. Correct installation is crucial to realizing the most benefit from shades, but you can heighten those results by making seasonal adjustments in the way you utilize your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows tend to have 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 provide warmth within your home, so remember to keep these shades open for extended periods throughout the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can offer 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 helpful for energy efficiency, as it can mean your system is running more often. Make sure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut during the day when summer temps rise. 
While you may not routinely think about the insulation that replacement window shades can provide, they could surprise you. If you consider yourself to be a homeowner who works to increase your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows can help you easily add something to the mix. There are a variety of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Greenfield, so stop by some time to view all of the options. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at (413) 829-0299 or schedule an in-home consultation with us utilizing our online scheduler.

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