The dog days of Summer are here, and although you’ve got your air conditioning running full blast, rooms with numerous or large windows can feel hotter than the rest of your house.
Even if your windows are in good shape and sealed properly, the hotter temperatures and light spilling in can raise your room temperature several degrees. The good news: there are several creative changes you can make with your windows to help block sunlight and cool your room down. Springfield Glass Company shares five tips for keeping your rooms cooler during warm weather in today’s blog.
1. Curtains or Blinds
The right curtains can add a touch of style to any room–but they can also serve another essential purpose: keeping heat out.
According to the Department of Energy, studies demonstrate that medium-colored draperies can reduce heat gains by 33%.
Blinds are also effective at blocking heat caused by sunlight, and the horizontal slats can redirect sunlight to the ceiling, diffusing the heat and keeping your room bright.
Close your curtains or blinds during the brightest part of the day for maximum cooling during the summer months.
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Installing window shutters on the exterior of your home is an easy and effective way to block heat and lower your energy costs. Shutters made from wood or vinyl can open and close through a crank located inside or outside your home.
Never underestimate the power of trees to help cool your home! Planting trees or tall shrubbery in front of windows will help block sunlight from entering. Plants also absorb heat and emit oxygen, improving air quality while they help cool your home.
4. Low Emissivity Films
If you haven’t yet invested in newer, more energy-efficient windows for your home, you might consider applying a low-emissivity film to your older windows. “Low-E” films stick to the inside of your windows and block solar heat while still allowing light through your window.
If your room is hot, there’s a chance cool air is leaking through your window through tiny cracks and holes. The more air leaks you have, the harder your AC has to work to cool your home. Inspect your windows and use caulk to fill in any cracks or holes.
Keep Your Home Cooler by Calling Springfield Glass
Springfield Glass Company is here to help you keep each room as cool as possible by providing you with top-quality residential glass services. Our professionals can assess your windows for needed repair and give you cost-effective options for energy-efficient windows. Call us today at 417-883-6555 for a free estimate, or contact us online.