Home owners frequently dress their windows to add beauty or style to a room. They miss out how a pair of striped drapes, or stunning Roman shades can serve a purpose, and not just for beauty. With the proper placement and the correct materials, window treatments can reduce your monthly utility bills, and the impact may be significant. Just a simple set of drapes that has white plastic backing can reduce heat gain by up to 33%.
When the summer rolls in, forget blasting the AC, and as winter is welcomed thereâs no need to crank the heating up high. Instead, explore some of the best energy efficient window treatments available.
The Department of Energy considers window shades to be the most simple and effective way to save energy. The key is proper installation. Shades should be mounted as close to the window as possible to ensure that a tight seal is created, which minimizes both heat loss and gain. Shades with multiple layers (with a dark color on one side and light on the other) offer the most functionality. You can reverse the shades with the season changes, the light side offering heat reflection, and the dark side absorbing the heat in the winter months.
Depending on the color and the fabric weight of drapery, it can help protect from heat loss during the winter months, while insulating your home from heat during the summer. For maximum performance, a tight seal is a must. To get the best results, hang the drapes from the cornice, positioning them as tightly against the window as possible.
There are also a variety of shades and blinds which make excellent choices for reducing utility bills. They come in a variety of designs, patterns, colors, and more.
Awnings create a unique personality to any homeâs exterior, while creating an outstanding defense against the sun in areas experiencing hot weather. For south facing windows, awning reduce heat gain by as much as 65%, and 77% for those windows facing west. There are features that will improve the performance of your awning, too. Tightly woven and opaque materials do a better job at blocking out the sun than flimsier fabrics. You should also allow openings for ventilation, as awnings ten to trap hot air.
Roof overhangs are similar to awnings, but if designed correctly, the overhang will allow heat in during the winter months and block it out during summer.
If you live in an area that experienced short winters, then high reflectivity film might be for you. It reduces heat gain during the full year. While a transparent film may be more aesthetically pleasing, a mirror-like, silver film will work more efficiently. Itâs ideal for rooms with large windows, or on a garage.
Mesh window screens work by diffusing solar radiation, thus reducing heat gain. The perfect mount is to the frameâs exterior, covering the full window.