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, affecting your home’s comfort levels and energy efficiency. If you notice a difference in the atmosphere of your house, 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 bills, even more so during winter months in Baltimore when temperatures dip. The significant way to getting the most benefit from your shades and blinds is correct installation. It’s also beneficial to make these adjustments as the colder months approach:
- North-facing windows – Your windows facing the north typically get the least amount of sunlight. It’s smart to have 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 allow you to benefit from some natural warmth from the sun during Baltimore winters. Keep your shades open on your south windows for long periods of time because these windows offer the best chance of capturing some of the sun’s warmth.
- East-facing windows – Keep your shades open on the east side of your home throughout the morning.
- West-facing windows – Keep your shades open during the afternoon and evening on the west side of your home. Blinds are also an appropriate option for west-facing windows (interior blinds are better than exterior blinds in the winter because they will allow more heat in).
Saving energy in your home can be that simple with window shade adjustments, but proper installation is also key. Keeping your shades as close to your window glass as possible will help minimize 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 absorb heat in the winter.
People often overlook the energy efficiency shades and blinds can offer a home. If you are in need of improving your comfort levels this winter and you think your windows might 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 Baltimore showroom, so stop by and check them out. You can also reach us at 301-637-0762 or set up an in-home appointment with us online so we can assess your windows and give you shade recommendations.