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How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Albuquerque, New Mexico

How to improve your energy savings with shades on your replacement windows in Albuquerque, New Mexico

There’s no debating that the weather in Albuquerque is changing, and when these changes happen, our homes tend to bring out any deficiencies such as drafty windows or caulking that needs to be replaced. These aren’t great issues, but they can affect your home comfort and energy efficiency. There are usually things that are pretty simple to fix as a homeowner, like suitable shades for replacement windows.

Believe it or not, shades on replacement windows could help to save energy and probably save you money on your monthly energy expenses. Appropriate installation is essential to gaining the best benefit from shades, but you can maximize those results by making seasonal adjustments in the way you utilize your shades.

During Winter Months:

  • North windows usually have 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 leave you with the best chance to provide warmth within your home, so remember to keep these shades open for extended periods throughout the day.
  • Your east and west replacement windows can offer a little added warmth during morning hours from the east and afternoon on your western windows.

During Summer Months:

  • The heat of summer isn’t conducive to energy efficiency, as it can mean your system is running more often. Ensure your replacement windows are closed and shades shut throughout the day when summer temps rise. 
While you may not commonly think about the insulation that replacement window shades can give you, they might surprise you. If you think you’re a homeowner who works to increase your energy efficiency, shades on your replacement windows can help you easily add something to the routine. There are a number of shades styles available at the Pella Windows and Doors Southwest showroom in Albuquerque, so stop by some time to view all of the options. Or, if you’d rather, give us a call at 505-373-1296 or arrange an in-home consultation with us through our online scheduler.

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