Summer is officially here and weather forecasters are predicting a hot and humid season. Central air and window air conditioners will be working overtime to keep your house cool. This can put a strain on not only your cooling units but your household budget as well.
Fortunately, there are 3 things you can do to stop the heat before it gets through your windows. Window films (low–emissivity films), mini blinds and insulated curtains are just a few of the ways to beat the heat this summer.
- Low-emissivity (low-e) films block most solar heat gain yet still allow visible light to come in. The films prevent heat leakage from coming in on a hot day and from leaking out on a cold winter day. Low-e windows are also available ready-made from the factory. These windows are pre-made with the film suspended between the glass panes for greater efficiency.
- Mini blinds can also block heat from entering through the windows. Hang white mini blinds or white window shades to help keep the heat out. Tightly woven screens or bamboo blinds, hung outside over your windows, can reduce the amount of heat that gets in through your windows by 60%.
- Insulated curtains are another way to keep the heat from entering your home through windows. Close drapes on south and west windows during the daytime for windows that produce direct sunlight. These same windows should be closed during the day as well.
Keeping the heat out during the day, and allowing the cool air to enter windows at night, is one of the easiest ways to stay comfortable during the hottest days of summer. By following just a few simple tricks, your home can remain cool and comfortable, so you can enjoy the summer without breaking the bank.