Nowadays, summers can get unbearably hot at times. So hot, that most of the time you’ll have no choice but to crank up your air conditioning system just so you’ll have some form of relief from the heat. This in turn can cause your energy bills to go up for the season. Thankfully, there are numerous ways you can get around the heat and still keep your energy bills low.
In this post, home window replacement professionals at Renewal by Andersen® of Southwest Missouri discusses the various ways you can keep your home cool without spending too much energy.
Installing solar films on your home windows is basically the equivalent of tinting your car’s windows. The solar film darkens your windows enough so that less light and heat pass through, allowing your home to cool down. There are even some cases where it can add value to your property and generate power.
Another way of keeping your home cool without using too much energy is by reflecting the heat away from your home. Consider covering your windows with your car’s windshield cover or cover your windows with tin foil and tape.
Light Curtains and Blinds
If you’re looking to keep your home cool and add an aesthetic appeal at the same time, you can always add some light-colored blinds or curtains to block and reflect the heat. Keep your curtains closed during the day for added effectiveness.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a long-term solution, you can always have your windows replaced with a better, more energy efficient set. To install trusted, energy efficient windows, turn to the window replacement service of Renewal by Andersen of Southwest Missouri for the best results.
Seal Air Leaks
If you don’t want the cool air escaping your home in the summer, have your home inspected for any air leaks. Should the home inspector determine that your house does indeed have leaks, call a professional to seal them up immediately so you don’t lose any cold air in your home during the summer.
Add Awnings or Shade
Other than blinds and curtains, another option you have in protecting your windows from hot air is by adding awnings or shade to your windows. However, do keep in mind that awnings are a significant expense.
Trees and Plants
On the other hand, you can always opt for the natural way by planting trees and other types of greenery in your property. A well-placed tree can shade your home from the sun once it grows while the plants and other greenery can provide fresh air throughout your property.
Compared to air conditioners, fans are a less costly option when it comes to your energy bill so consider using that instead of your air conditioning system, especially during the nighttime when it’s no longer that hot.
Open Your Doors and Windows at Night
When night comes, the weather becomes considerably cooler. Take advantage of this by leaving your windows and doors open to let the cool air in and flow freely throughout your home.
Turn to Renewal by Andersen of Southwest Missouri for your home improvement needs. We are your leading provider of replacement windows and sliding doors. Give us a call at (417) 351-2801 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.