Summer in Cincinnati is the time for festivals, vacations, amusement parks and Red’s games. It’s also the time of year when your cooling bill reaches its highest. Find out how to beat the heat and save on your energy bill, so you can concentrate on summer fun instead of summer bills this season.
The unsung heroes of energy savers are your windows. They are your best assets for keeping your house both cool and eco-friendly. You’ll be amazed at how far just a few simple warm weather window tips will go.
To add both style and function, start with heat rejection window films. These kinds of films protect against heat and harmful UV rays while adding a stylish tint to your windows. Privacy is also an added bonus, since films for your windows make it harder for outsiders to see in. Heat rejection window films also allow you to be as creative as you want, offering a variety of colored tints for a unique yet functional look. But their best asset is that they reject heat, so your home stays cooler longer and less dependent on your cooling system.
You can also accent your windows with heavy curtains, blinds or drapes to help keep your home cooler. A classic tip, but classic for a reason – because it works! Closing the shades on your windows also provides a barrier between your interior and direct sunlight/solar radiation, often making it feel 4 to 5 degrees cooler in your home. Curtains, blinds and drapes are a style statement and a must for every home, so choose them wisely and keep functionality in mind.
Looking for something a little more unique? Window awnings shade your windows from the sun and add unique character to your home’s exterior. Window awnings save energy, reduce glare and can actually add value to your home.
If you have older windows, the best idea for maximum efficiency is to replace them – you may even be eligible for rebates or other incentives from your local utility company when you replace old windows with ENERGY STAR qualified ones. Most high-performance windows contain two panes and a low e-coating, improving your home’s overall energy performance while enhancing its comfort, aesthetics and functionality. Remember to have new windows installed by professionals, as they will ensure everything is sealed and positioned properly – a must when it comes to maintaining a valid warranty.
For more energy saving tips, contact Jack’s Glass, and have a fabulous summer!
Jack’s Glass has excelled in glass repair, replacement and design for more than 65 years. Jack’s Glass provides repair and replacement for auto glass and custom solutions shower and tub enclosures and many other residential glass items. We also do custom glasswork for businesses, and proudly serve Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky with locations in Elsmere, Covington, Alexandria and Dry Ridge.