With the changing 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 observe a difference in the atmosphere of your indoor space, you may need replacement windows (or replacement caulking). But while you are looking for more efficient windows, there’s an often-overlooked item that can help improve 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 utility bills, even more so during winter months in Albuquerque when temperatures drop. The crucial piece to getting the most benefit from your shades and blinds is appropriate 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 Albuquerque winters. Keep your shades open on your south windows for extended 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 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 a great 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 much easier with window shade adjustments, but proper installation is also important. 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 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 forget the energy efficiency shades and blinds can provide for a home. If you are in need of improving 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 ready for replacement windows. Pella Windows and Doors Southwest offers a variety of window shade and blind styles at our Albuquerque showroom, so come and visit us. You can also contact us at 505-373-1296 or set up an in-home appointment with us online so we can assess your windows and give you shade recommendations.