Saving your home energy
How do you regulate your home temperatures simply and inexpensively? Short answer — windows.
Here’s how to save energy at your home with window treatments. Saving your home energy should be an important thing to address as we head into cooler weather.
In warm months:
Close blinds to deflect the hot sun and keep your home cooler. This will reduce heat gain in your home by 45%.
Adjust blinds by tilting them to reflect the hot rays outward.
Tilt slats upward to allow less light and minimize heat transfer into the room. This will also help to keep warm air out of your home.
In cold months:
Make use of free heat from the sun by opening your curtains to let the sunlight in during the day. If there are air leaks around windows seal those off using caulk to keep warm air inside and cold air out.
Open all your window treatments for windows facing the sun to attract more heat inside your home. Shut the curtains when it gets dark so that the heat energy is trapped from escaping to the outside.
You want as much natural light as possible to enter your home and keep it warmer during the day. Keep the curtains open during the day but remember to draw them close at night to keep the warmth in.
Another excellent way to insulate your home and avoid heat loss is to install double-glazed windows instead of regular windows.
Close your window blinds during the night to ensure the room is insulated against chilly nights.
Keep window treatments closed for rooms that don’t get a lot of sunlight. This will help to provide more insulation since your room isn’t getting direct warmth from the sun.