With the changing season comes differences in how your home works. As the weather gets colder, you may find a few 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 house, 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 improve your energy efficiency and comfort now—suitable shades and blinds.
Shades or blinds on replacement windows have the potential to save you money on your monthly energy costs, particularly during winter months in Asheville when temperatures drop. 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 usually 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 Asheville winters. Keep your shades open on your south windows for long 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 – Keep your shades open during the afternoon and evening on the west side of your home. Blinds are also a good option for west-facing windows (interior blinds are more beneficial 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 decrease 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 forget the energy efficiency shades and blinds can provide for a home. If you are in need of enhancing 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 ready for replacement windows. Pella Windows and Doors offers a variety of window shade and blind styles at our Asheville showroom, so stop by and check them out. You can also reach us at 828-202-8673 or set up an in-home appointment with us online so we can inspect your windows and give you shade recommendations.