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 some 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 house, 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 enhance your energy efficiency and comfort now—appropriate 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 Kelowna when temperatures dip. The key to getting the most benefit from your shades and blinds is appropriate installation. It’s also important 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 ideal 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 Kelowna 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 – Keep your shades open during the afternoon and evening on the west side of your home. 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 important. Keeping your shades as close to your window glass as possible will help minimize 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 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 prepared for replacement windows. Pella Windows & Doors - Kelowna offers a variety of window shade and blind styles at our Kelowna showroom, so stop by and check them out. You can also contact us at 250-863-7902 or set up an in-home appointment with us online so we can assess your windows and give you shade recommendations.