We’ve fought long and hard all winter to keep the cold out and the heat in. Now the tides are changing, it is time to keep the AC in and keep the hot summer air out. When I used to think of ways to be more energy efficient I would automatically jump to new updated windows but, that realistically is not always the best option. Aside from brand new windows, always caulk around windows and check for leaks. IF windows are properly sealed opt for new window coverings.
A great, cheap way to save money in heating and cooling is to invest in good shades. Shades, blinds, curtains or other window coverings aren’t just for style anymore. Companies large and small are coming out with new ways to keep our windows more efficient.
Types of Coverings
Window treatments have come a long way and there are no shortage to fit any style. There are draperies, curtains, plantain shutters, and shades. Some of the indoor options will vary on their ability to block heat or cold depending on the style of curtain. The thickness for one, can play a factor of the amount of heat blocked. It will also depend on whether you have them opened or closed. If you have open curtains just close them during the day or while you’re at work. If you like to leave them open, opt for only closing draperies when the sun is hitting the windows and reopen them once it has moved on. The same concept goes for shutters or shades and can also depend on the material or thickness.
If you prefer your windows bare there are outdoor options such as exterior blinds, screens, window overhangs or even outdoor shutters. For more great options visit energy.gov for a full list of different types of window coverings.
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