As temperatures rise, check out these cost-effective window tips to help keep your home cool without wasting energy or breaking the bank.
1. Seal Up Any Drafts
First, check for drafts along the edges of all windows. Even if you’ve weatherstripped your windows in the past, it may be time for an upgrade.
Keeping curtains or blinds up can help provide a bit of insulation. For extra sun-blocking, give blackout curtains a try. Be sure to keep the blinds or curtains closed especially when the window is in direct sunlight.
3. DIY Window Insulation
Apply bubble wrap to your windows for extra installation. With a little bit of water, bubble wrap can be easily stuck to windows and peels off easily when no longer needed. Bubble wrap will distort the view a bit, but it will still let plenty of natural light in!
4. Reflect The Sun
You can also apply reflective film to windows to reflect the sunlight back outside instead of allowing it to permeate your rooms. Remember to remove the reflective film in the winter when your goal is to keep your home warm instead of cool.
5. Upgrade To Energy Efficient Windows
One of the best ways to save money on heating and cooling costs is to invest in energy efficient windows. Energy efficient window glass is designed to prevent the transfer of heat. For example, low-emissivity glass (or low-e glass) reflects heat, so it can prevent the entry of heat into your home in hot weather.
6. Close The Shutters
When properly installed, external shutters made of wood or fiberglass add an extra barrier that helps prevent the flow of hot outside air coming inside, helping reduce energy costs. If you’re looking to take an extra strep, consider installing cellular shades.
7. Create Shade
To prevent direct sunlight from hitting your windows in the first place, consider strategically planting trees or installing awnings. Trees are a great long-term investment with many other benefits as well, and according to the Department of Energy, awnings can reduce solar heat gain by 65% on south-facing windows and 77% on west-facing windows.
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If you’re interested in upgrading your windows, contact Techni-Glass today!