While window treatments can heighten your home’s sense of character and personality, they can do so much more. With a little forethought, your window treatments can help you beat the heat, too! Go about it the right way, and you’ll be living in coolness and comfort while saving some money, too!
At Nu View Custom Window Treatments, we’re happy to help customers find the perfect accents for their home. Saving theme extra money in the long run is an added bonus! According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), more than 76% percent of the hot summer sun that shines through your windows becomes heat. Choosing energy efficient window treatments like blinds and solar window shades can go a long way towards minimizing your energy bills.
Both vertical and horizontal window blinds are particularly effective at cutting down the heat gain your windows may let in during the summer months. Although you may balk at the idea of closing your blinds during the day – after all, who doesn’t love sunny weather? – you can adjust horizontal slat-type blinds to reflect sunlight onto ceilings painted with light colors. This helps the light diffuse throughout the interior of your home without adding to troublesome glare or heat.
Almost any type of window shade is effective for reducing heat gain from sunlight, given that they are not just for decoration. Interior shades, exterior shades, solar shades, pleated shades – all of these can effectively reduce heat gain and save on cooling costs. Heavier fabrics and more opaque materials will naturally be better for this purpose. This goes without mentioning the added privacy, security, and window protection shades can provide!