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How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in St. Paul, MN

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in St. Paul, MN

There’s no debating that the weather in St. Paul 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 big concerns, but they can affect your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are normally things that are fairly simple to fix as a homeowner, like suitable 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. Proper installation is essential to realizing the best 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 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 give you warmth within your home, so open your shades during the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can provide 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 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 soar. 
While you may not commonly think about the insulation that replacement window shades can give you, they might 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 routine. There are a variety of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in St. Paul, so stop by some time to check them out. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 651-213-9049 or arrange an in-home consultation with us through our online scheduler.

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