5 Window Tips for Keeping Your Rooms Cooler During Warm Weather from Springfield Glass Company

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. 

Related Post: How to Insulate Residential Windows

2. Shutters

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. 

3. Trees

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. 

5. Sealing 

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.

Why Skylights Can Be a Great Idea for Natural Light

Have you ever walked into a room and found it both welcoming and modern? You can’t put your finger on it, but the room draws you. Your mood improves when you spend time in it. Odds are, this has something to do with the amount of light in the room. One of the most popular ways to bring light into a home is by using skylights. 

What is a skylight? 

A skylight is a window placed on the roof at the same angle as the ceiling. The purpose of this window is not to offer a view but to let natural sunlight into the room. There are many advantages to being surrounded by natural light. Installing a skylight in your home or business will change the aesthetics of the room and the atmosphere. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages of skylights: 

  • They increase the amount of natural light in a room, making even the tiniest room appear larger. 
  •  You will use less electricity for lighting, and your electricity bill will be lower. 
  •  They are a huge selling point for potential buyers; Natural light is a must. 
  •  They illuminate dark spaces that cannot access natural light, such as a dark hallway or a bathroom in the middle of a house without windows. 
  •  They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. 

When installing skylights in work and school environments, you’ll find happier, healthier, and more productive employees and students. Even shoppers in malls with skylights tend to hang around longer and, as a result, shop more. Do you want the rooms in your home to be modern and trendy yet welcoming? Do you want to lighten dark areas in your home naturally? Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint? A skylight is a universally helpful answer. 

Consult with Springfield Glass Company

Springfield Glass Company, a trusted name, has decades of experience in the glass industry. Contact us for a consultation, and let us transform your home today.

 

Broken Glass Safety Tips From Springfield Glass Company

What do you do whenever the glass on the window completely breaks and creates a mess? Whether a window cracks from thermal fracturing or a thrown baseball shatters it, broken glass represents a real problem for you in the short and long term. In today’s blog, Springfield Glass Company discusses how to safely handle broken glass. 

Related Post: Why Do Sudden Temperature Changes Crack Glass?

Protect The Public

If your window has broken in a commercial area where customers, residents, or the general public could come into contact with it, then you must keep their safety in mind. A sign notifying them of the broken window, and to be aware of glass particulates, is sufficient notification until you clean up the mess.

If the window has broken in a residential area, such as your home, closing off the space where it has broken to isolate the possibility of someone stepping on glass is the appropriate step to take while cleaning the area. Make sure you keep your pets and children away from any broken glass until you clean it up.

Wear Gloves and Long Sleeves

Wearing gloves and long sleeves protects your skin from shards of glass. Consider wearing long pants, too, and closed-toed shoes in case you drop any pieces.

Large Pieces First

Pick up large pieces of glass first. This is why you need gloves. Don’t put them in a trash bag because the bag will break. If you have a plastic trash can, put the large pieces in it before taking it out to your trash dumpster or trash can. 

Small Pieces Next

Use a shop vac or broom and dustpan combination to clean up the small pieces. Be careful of any small pieces that become lodged in the broom. Consider hitting the broom head against the side of your trash dumpster outdoors to remove any small pieces, or use a vacuum to suck up any pieces you can’t see.

Vacuum the Entire Room or Area

Vacuum the entire room or area to get any pieces you can’t see. That way, your kids, pets, customers, or employees don’t accidentally step on any broken glass you didn’t catch during the initial sweep.

Related Post: Springfield Glass Company Presents Broken Glass Cleanup Tips

Residential & Commercial Glass by Springfield Glass Company 

The team at Springfield Glass Company has the expertise and knowledge to install high-quality residential glass showers or commercial glass elements. Contact Springfield Glass Company online or call (417) 883-6555 for more information on what we can do for your home or business. We can fix or replace broken glass.