Attractive window coverings can add flair, ambiance and aesthetic appeal to the rooms in a home. What you may not know is that choosing the right window treatments can save money by blocking heat gain in the summer and letting free warmth radiate inside during the winter months. The following window treatments can reduce energy costs and boost your comfort year round:
Retractable or stationary awnings can stop summer solar heat gain through the windows by as much as 77 percent. If you roll up retractable awnings when the weather cools down, it allows the sunshine to enter to help lower heating costs during the winter.
When drapes reach the windowsill or floor and are hung close to the glass, they are effective at blocking direct sunlight and summer solar heat gain. Pulling well-fitted drapes closed when the sun goes down can help maintain the comfort level in a room in cooler weather.
Installing a plain roller shade close to the glass and against the window trim can provide energy savings during both winter and summer. Choose a shade with a light-reflecting white side, and a darker, heat-absorbent side and reverse the shade seasonally to gain the greatest benefit. Some shade styles can also create an air barrier and insulating effect, such as cellular, Roman and quilted roller shades.
Choosing vertical or horizontal blinds with a reflective finish for your south-facing windows can help lower summer heat gain through the glass by roughly 45 percent. The adjustable slats on both styles of blinds allow you to let light and warmth from the sun enter in the winter.
Both interior and exterior shutters can boost home heating and cooling efficiency. Space-saving exterior shutters offer other benefits too, such as protection from damage during severe weather, and extra security. For convenience and ease of use, many homeowners choose to have a mechanical or motorized control installed indoors.
For more information on how window treatments can reduce energy costs in your Morton Grove home, or for assistance with any home comfort issue, contact Gartner Heating & Cooling, Inc. today at 847-448-0596. We also stock a variety of systems for your HVAC needs.