windowFor homeowners, deciding what and when to do home maintenance and renovations can be a tricky process. Whether it’s new front doors, replacement windows, or sliding patio doors, even the smallest of upgrades can make a big impact on visual appeal and monetary value. You may be putting up with draftiness if your windows are more than 15 years old windows, which can lead to sticky frames and energy inefficiency.

South Dakota may not be the first state most people think of when it comes to things like interior or exterior design, but they did in fact just host the annual Home Show in Rapid City where they featured many of the industry’s hottest trends and reliable standards.

According to the local news station KEVN, Pella windows and doors were some of the biggest attractions at the recent show due to their new innovations in automated shading. Believe it or not, with the simple push of a button you can now sit back and watch as your blinds and shades are automatically put down or up for you.

At Pella West Michigan, we carry these exact models that are taking the industry by storm. The Designer Series® 750 is one of the options that offers between-the-glass blinds and shades available with motorized Pella® Insynctive™ technology. It’s one of the biggest innovations in the window industry and by the sounds of it, people are loving them.

“As they walk around the Home Show, there are a lot of neat things that you don’t get to see from looking at the laptop,” said Shane Regelin, the chair of the 2016 Home Show. “Where you go and look at the actual product and you’re like ‘I actually do understand what the next phase of that product is going to be’. So I think that’s really what brings the Home Show full circle.”

The money you can save by replacing your windows with high-quality Pella products will virtually pay for itself over time too. Approximately 25% of the average household’s energy bills can be attributed to inefficiencies in the windows, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Windows with double-pane insulated glass, heat-resistant coatings, airtight frames, and/or Energy Star ratings can cut energy costs by as much as 15%.

Money isn’t the only reason to invest, though. For most people it’s a project that they feel happy about upon completion. According to the 2015 Remodeling Impact Report, homeowners gave their window replacement project an average Joy Score of 9.4 out of 10. That means they were very happy/satisfied with their project.