There are some window treatments that prove very effective at helping to curb the rising costs of cooling homes during the warmer weather and in milder climates. Since many buyers are seeking aspects such as privacy and appeal when shopping for blinds and curtains, the benefit of reduced energy bills could compel consumers to augment their current window treatments.
Some effective options include:
Blinds are an energy efficient way to accessorize the home, while curbing utility costs during summer months. There is an extensive range of options available in blinds, depending on the home’s windows, region’s climate, and buyer’s budget. Since blinds are such a versatile and useful option, they are a prudent investment for those looking at ways to keep homes cool. While the construction of the slats allows for heat to escape from inside the home, they may not be ideal without added window treatments in the winter. However, the summer allows homeowners to adjust and control how much sunlight and ventilation is permitted in the space.
Awnings are a practical upgrade that should be made to the home in conjunction with conscientious window treatment choices. When placed on west-facing windows in the summer, awnings can reduce the heat by over 75% . Even homeowners that don’t want to invest in awnings for each and every window of the home, thoughtful placement of one or two can impact energy costs quite quickly. It is prudent to seek out light-colored awnings that are resistant to fading, often opaque woven fabric that is not prone to mildew. Ideally, awnings are positioned to provide ample ventilation to push the hot air away from the home’s window.
High-reflective films are options, but might only be practical for those treating smaller areas and that live in conditions not reliant on the sun as a heat source. Since these films reflect the heat of the sun, they can contribute to a cooler home, but not a warmer one. These are viable for some homes, but will impact view through the windows, hindering visibility. The reflections cast by these films may be a nuisance for some consumers.
Window shutters are also found in exterior and interior variations; both are effective at resisting heat escaping, or seeping in, the home. Some might assert that exterior shutters are the most efficient insulators for the home’s windows, and they are deemed protective against the elements and in terms of home security. Furthermore, exterior variations leave the interior of the home free for additional window treatments and enhanced insulation if desired. Interior shutters, often called California shutters, are becoming more popular for their practical applications, as well as their charming rustic appearance.