With the changing season comes differences in how your home works. As the weather cools down, you may find some 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 home, 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—suitable shades and blinds.
Shades or blinds on replacement windows have the potential to save you money on your monthly utility bills, particularly during winter months in Casper when temperatures dip. The crucial piece 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 a good idea to leave 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 offers some natural warmth from the sun during Casper winters. Keep your shades open on your south windows for prolonged periods of time because these windows provide 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 – During the afternoon and evening, you should keep your shades on the west side of your house open. Blinds are also a great 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 much easier with window shade adjustments, but proper installation is also key. 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 obtain heat in the winter.
People often ignore the energy efficiency shades and blinds can give a home. If you are in need of enhancing your comfort levels this winter and you think your windows may the problem, invest in proper shades and follow our opening and closing tips until you’re set for replacement windows. Prairie Pella Wyoming LLC offers a variety of window shade and blind styles at our Casper showroom, so come stop by. You can also contact us at 307-234-1518 or set up an in-home appointment with us online so we can evaluate your windows and give you shade recommendations.