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

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

There’s no debating that the climate in Decatur is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to highlight any deficiencies such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be fixed. These aren’t big problems, but they can impact your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are typically 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 can help to save energy and likely save you money on your monthly energy costs. Correct installation is essential to reaping the most benefit from shades, but you can maximize those results by completing seasonal adjustments in the way you employ 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 remember to keep these shades open for extended periods through the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can provide 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 conducive to 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 rise. 
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 better your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows may help you easily add something to the routine. There are a number of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Decatur, so stop by some time to take a look at them. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 217-423-7722 or schedule an in-home consultation with us utilizing our online scheduler.

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