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How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Bloomington, IL

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Bloomington, IL

There’s no debating that the climate in Bloomington is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to bring out any problems such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be replaced. These aren’t big issues, but they can impact your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are normally things that are pretty simple to fix as a homeowner, like appropriate 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 costs. Correct installation is key to reaping the greatest benefit from shades, but you can better those results by implementing seasonal adjustments in the way you utilize your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows normally have 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 give you the best chance to offer you warmth within your home, so keep your shades open throughout the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can leave you with 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. Ensure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut through the day when summer temps jump up. 
While you may not normally think about the insulation that replacement window shades can give you, they could surprise you. If you consider yourself to be a homeowner who works to better your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows can help you easily add something to the mix. There are a host of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Bloomington, so stop by some time to view all of the options. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 309-663-7132 or set up an in-home consultation with us through our online scheduler.

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