The impact of shades on your homes efficiency
With every change of season comes differences in how your home functions. As the weather cools down, you may find certain home deficiencies, like drafty windows or old caulking, disturbing 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 piece that can help increase your energy efficiency and comfort now—proper shades and blinds.
Shades or blinds on replacement windows have the potential to save you money on your monthly energy bills, especially during winter months in Victoria when temperatures get lower. The crucial piece to getting the most benefit from your shades and blinds is correct installation. It’s also important 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 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 gives you some natural warmth from the sun during Victoria winters. Keep your shades open on your south windows for prolonged periods of time because these windows offer the best chance of catching some of the sun’s warmth.
- East-facing windows – Keep your shades open on the east side of your home in the early hours.
- West-facing windows – You can keep your shades open during the afternoon and evening hours for the windows on the west side. Blinds are also an appropriate 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 easy with window shade adjustments, but proper installation is also crucial. Keeping your shades as close to your window glass as possible will help reduce heat loss. Window shades with a double layer of fabric are even better, if they are an option for your house. Lighter-colored window shades will reflect heat in the summer and darker-colored shades will obtain heat in the winter.
People often ignore the energy efficiency shades and blinds can provide for a home. If you are in need of increasing 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 set for replacement windows. Pella Windows & Doors - Victoria offers a variety of window shade and blind styles at our Victoria showroom, so stop by and check them out. You can also give us a call at 250-475-1277 or set up an in-home appointment with us online so we can assess your windows and give you shade recommendations.