Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Calgary, AB

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There’s no debating that the climate in Calgary is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to show off any deficiencies such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be addressed. These aren’t huge issues, but they can hinder your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are usually things that are relatively simple to take care of as a homeowner, like suitable shades for replacement windows.

Believe it or not, shades on replacement windows could help to save energy and likely save you money on your monthly energy bills. Proper installation is key to gaining the greatest benefit from shades, but you can better those results by making seasonal adjustments in the way you use 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 give you warmth within your home, so open your shades through 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 soar. 
While you may not routinely think about the insulation that replacement window shades can give you, they may 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 routine. There are a number of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Calgary, so stop by some time to take a look at them. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 403-681-6363 or schedule an in-home consultation with us using our online scheduler.

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