Welcoming summer is just about the same as welcoming winter, in terms of energy efficiency. Heat and air conditioning are not cheap, and you may suffer in silence as you battle against the urge to flick the switch on relief. Cost is the primary reason that anyone strives to make their home more energy efficient. While the environment is a great motivator, cost is a greater one.
In some cases, windows are responsible for 40% of a homes heat loss, so it should be the first place you start in attempting to make your home energy efficient. Before choosing the right window treatment for you, you'll want to determine your needs.
First, make sure your windows are caulked and winterized, this will prevent cold air from getting in, and warm air from getting out. Now, consider these options for making your windows more energy efficient.
Clear winterizing films are available for the interior of your window. This can prevent heat from escaping, and still allow you a great view through your window. It's budget-friendly and an excellent way to conserve energy without having to cough up cash for all new windows.
Drapes are a great way to block the sunlight out, while trapping the heat indoors. Drapes are generally made from a heavy fabric, and the edging goes beyond the windows frame to ensure air is blocked from the sides of the windows. They are designed specifically to insulate homes during the winter months, while preventing heat gain in the summer. They come in a variety of styles and colors, and are even available in a thermal option.
Shutters are an excellent option- easily installed, easy to clean and provide plenty of control over the airflow, light, and view. Wooden blinds are also a great option. They're harder to clean, but they are efficient in keeping the heat in. In the winter months, you can pair them with thermal drapes, or the winterizing film.
If you have windows that you don't use frequently, you may want to consider foam board insulation. It offers a protective barrier to keep the heat in and the cold out. It's certainly not a pretty option, but it makes a real difference. Don't try this with windows that face the curb, as it certainly doesn't improve your curb appeal.
New windows are not cheap- but as you can see from above, there are plenty of window treatments available, that can help insulate your home all year round. You'll see a serious difference in the comfort of your home, which will result in lower energy bills, thus serious money saving. Choose the perfect window treatments for your home, and watch your bills drop.
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