Keep the Heat Outdoors! Reduce Home Heat Gain With Window Treatments and More

If you spend a lot of time outside this summer, you know how great it can be to walk into air conditioning and leave all the summer heat on the other side of your walls. But the outdoor heat wants to come in, too, and windows are a prime way to do it. The good news is that you can reduce home heat gain with some common, and often stylish, window dressings. Here are some options to consider:

  • Awnings – Just as landscaping your yard with shade-giving plants can give you a nice, cool spot to hang a hammock or put a lawn chair, the simple shade of an awning over a window can cut down home heat gain significantly. Awnings come in all sorts of styles to match your home—from wood or canvas to metal. You can even install solar panels if that’s your thing.
  • Blinds – Horizontal slat blinds don’t just block the heat of the sun. When you want sunlight without the glare, you can also angle horizontal blinds so that they reflect sunlight onto your ceiling. If you have a light-colored ceiling, you get natural, diffused light.
  • Curtains and drapes – In the summer, curtains and drapes can keep sun out of various rooms in your home. In the winter, they can add a layer of insulation to windows to keep heat in. Curtains and drapes are available in a variety of styles and have optional features such as reflective backings or added insulation.
  • Storm panels – Storm panels aren’t just useful when hurricanes threaten. They also conserve heat in winter and can cut heat transfer nearly in half.
  • Reflective films – They might sound high-tech and a little strange, but a reflective film on your window can seriously turn back the sun! You’ll have to decide for yourself whether you like the look, though.

Call us at Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning to learn more about keeping the summer heat out and cutting down your home heat gain.

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