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The impact of shades on your home’s efficiency

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With the new season comes differences in how your home operates. As the weather cools down, you may find certain home deficiencies, like drafty windows or old caulking, impacting your home’s comfort levels and energy efficiency. If you observe a difference in the atmosphere of your home, you may need replacement windows (or replacement caulking). But while you are looking for more efficient windows, there’s an often-overlooked thing that can help increase your energy efficiency and comfort now—appropriate shades and blinds.

Shades or blinds on replacement windows have the potential to save you money on your monthly energy costs, even more so during winter months in Newport when temperatures dip. The significant way to getting the most benefit from your shades and blinds is appropriate installation. It’s also vital to make these adjustments as the colder months approach:

  • North-facing windows – Your windows facing the north tend to get the least amount of sunlight. It’s ideal to keep your shades closed on these windows because not much heat will be gained from sunlight.
  • South-facing windows – The windows on the south side of your house offers some natural warmth from the sun during Newport winters. Keep your shades open on your south windows for extended periods of time because these windows offer the best chance of netting some of the sun’s warmth.
  • East-facing windows – Keep your shades open on the east side of your home during the morning hours.
  • West-facing windows – During the afternoon and evening, you should keep your shades on the west side of your house open. Blinds are also a good option for west-facing windows (interior blinds are more suitable than exterior blinds in the winter because they will allow more heat in).

Saving energy in your home can be that much easier with window shade adjustments, but proper installation is also key. Keeping your shades as close to your window glass as possible will help decrease heat loss. Window shades with a double layer of fabric are even better, if they are an option for you and your home. Lighter-colored window shades will reflect heat in the summer and darker-colored shades will attract heat in the winter.

People often forget the energy efficiency shades and blinds can give a home. If you are in need of improving your comfort levels this winter and you think your windows could be the problem, invest in proper shades and follow our opening and closing tips until you’re prepared for replacement windows. Pella Windows and Doors offers a variety of window shade and blind styles at our Newport showroom, so come stop by. You can also contact us at 401-314-0814 or set up an in-home appointment with us online so we can assess your windows and give you shade recommendations.