How Window Treatments Can Boost HVAC Efficiency

How Window Treatments Can Boost HVAC Efficiency

Hotter weather in the South Bay Peninsula and Santa Cruz area can lead to skyrocketing cooling bills. You don’t have to deal with these higher bills all summer long, though. Window treatments can make a big difference in terms of energy efficiency. Learn more about how to put these to use in order to keep your home cooler or warmer throughout the year as needed.

DECORATE WITH DRAPES

Drapes covering your windows can help keep out sunlight in summer and keep heated air inside during winter. To make the most of this energy efficiency tip, choose drapes that have a lighter color on the side facing out during the summer months. Lighter colored drapes will reflect a greater amount of sunlight away from your windows, which helps your home stay cooler. This means that your air conditioner won't have to run as often.

SELECT BLINDS OR SHADES

If you have windows that don’t look right with drapes, choose blinds or shades to help improve energy efficiency. Blinds allow you to control the amount of sunlight that gets inside your home in summer. Shades provide less control, but they can do a better job at reflecting sunlight away from your windows if you choose ones that have a lighter coloring. Keep in mind that you can get shades that are light on one side and dark on the other. When it’s cold out, switch them so that the darker side faces out, which pulls in more of the sun’s heat.

CHOOSE WINDOW FILM

Window film provides an easy, affordable and convenient way to block the sun’s rays during summer. Apply this film to windows that get the most sunlight in your home, and you should notice a drop in your cooling bills. You can remove this film during winter in order to let in more sunlight for warmth and reduce your heating bills.

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