When temperatures drop, one challenge to your home’s energy efficiency is heat loss through the windows. This occurs both through the glass and any small air leaks around the frame. By cutting heat loss here, the HVAC system won’t struggle so much to maintain a comfortable indoor climate and you can save on energy bills. Besides sealing air leaks, one of the simplest ways to do this is to add window treatments.
Most types of shades will help cut heat loss. However, the most effective are those with fabric quilting or Roman shades with a heavy fiber batting. The key is to choose shades that have few gaps and to mount them closely to the window. One benefit of using shades: you can easily match the color to suit your interior design style, and they’re less expensive than shutters or draperies.
Shutters are a more permanent solution than shades and can change the look of your home significantly. However, like shades, properly installed shutters provide an extra insulating layer of air between the outdoors and your home’s interior. Interior or exterior shutters will block air and prevent heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer when the shutters are closed—a perfect solution for creating a more energy efficient Florida home throughout the year. Choose solid-panel wood shutters rather than vented shutters for the best insulating qualities.
Heavy, tightly woven drapes or thermal drapes will help prevent some heat loss.If you use regular drapes, use them along with other window treatments such as shades or shutters for the best insulating effect. When closed, drapes should cover the window and window frame completely, leaving little gapping around the edges. It’s usually better to buy drapes that are slightly too big to provide good coverage rather than those that are too small.
For more information about cutting heat loss in your home or for other home comfort concerns, contact Aqua Plumbing & Air.
Written by John Miller
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