Improve Energy Savings with Shades

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Memphis, Tennessee

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There’s no debating that the weather in Memphis is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to highlight any issues such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be addressed. These aren’t great issues, but they can hinder your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are typically things that are fairly simple to handle as a homeowner, like suitable 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 crucial to reaping the best benefit from shades, but you can better those results by completing seasonal adjustments in the way you use your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows normally receive 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 remember to keep these shades open for extended periods during the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can offer a little added warmth through 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 cause your cooling system to run more often. Make sure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut through the day when summer temps jump up. 
While you may not routinely 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 may help you easily add something to the mix. There are a variety of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Memphis, so stop by some time to take a look at them. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 901-401-9399 or arrange an in-home consultation with us through our online scheduler.

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