Save Energy Using Window Treatments

Save Energy Using Window TreatmentsDid you know that your window treatments actually have a role to play in how energy efficient your home is? The right window treatments can help lower your energy bills, keeping your Middletown home more comfortable all year long. If you are considering investing in new window treatments, here are some of the best options to consider.

Use Blinds to Reduce Summer Heat Gain

Letting in the summer sun may make your home feel more cheery, but the truth is that it also lets in a significant amount of heat. Close your blinds, and you can reduce heat gain by about half, depending on the type of blinds you have. If you turn the blinds so they send the sunlight to the ceiling, you can still enjoy the natural light with less heat gain.

Use Drapes to Reduce Heat Loss

In the winter, your goal is to keep your heated air inside your home. Blinds don’t help with this very much. Instead, close the drapes to keep the heat inside.

However, not all drapes are effective in this role. The material, first of all, needs to be thick. Also, the drapes need to be hung as close as possible to the window, falling to the sill or floor depending on the size of the window and style you wish to embrace. Sealing the drapery against the wall and floor can also help reduce heat loss even further.

Awnings and Overhangs Bring Shade to Your Windows

Finally, if you do not want to have to remember to close the blinds or drapes, consider installing awnings or overhangs. These produce shade over the window, which in turn will reduce the amount of heat that can enter into your home. These are most effective in south or west-facing windows.

As you work to make your home as energy efficient as possible, consider investing in some new window treatments. For other energy saving tips and tricks, and to ensure your air conditioning and heating systems are functioning as efficiently as possible, contact the team at C.R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about window treatments and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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