Saving Energy in Your Home With Window Treatments
September 20, 2016
If you're blasting the air conditioner but your home is still hot and your cooling bills are sky high, your windows may need a face lift. Though, if window replacements are out the picture right now, you can keep your home more comfortable and more energy dollars in your pocket with the right window treatments. Try these on for size!
Upgrading your home's curtains are a great way to save energy and give your rooms a new look. Curtains also allow you to make just the right sunlight adjustment according to different temperatures room to room, seasonal weather and for the time of day.
Heavy drapes may be used for blocking a substantial amount of heat gain and for room darkening. Even a medium-colored curtain backed with a white plastic lining can reduce heat gain by up to 30 percent, says the U.S. Department of Energy.
Solar screens may be installed inside or outside your home. Whether you choose roller shades for interior design or fixed panels installed to your exterior window frames, solar screens offer visibility in both directions.
If you want more privacy for all you windows or just for certain rooms, choose solar screens that allow sunlight but block visibility. Darker solar screens may be treated with a metallic lining that absorb heat. Whether for sun-struck windows or your outdoor patio, solar screens add distinction and curb appeal.
If your home has a shade tree, you know the impact a little shade can have for greater comfort on hot summer days. Window awnings provide sun-struck rooms the shade they need to stay cooler, reduce the load on your hardworking A/C and ease your energy bills. In fact, awnings may reduce heat gain by up to 77 percent.
Window shutters add security, privacy and protection from stronger storms. If you decide to upgrade to automatic rolling shutters, making quick adjustments is a breeze!
Saving energy in your Greater Des Moines home is important, but so is keeping it beautiful.
For more information how to do both using window treatments, contact Lozier Heating & Cooling today.
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