If your energy bills have been rising, but your heating and cooling system is working well, there may be a problem with the efficiency of your home's natural insulating properties. Windows, in particular, can drastically reduce how well your home retains (or blocks) heat. Getting something to cover your windows is one of the best and most affordable ways to help prevent heat loss/gain. Check out these benefits of using blinds and shades to reduce spending.
They Reduce Heat Gain
Windows are great for letting in natural light, which most homeowners enjoy. However, it's not just light entering the home: heat enters, too, in the form of radiant heat. During the winter, this may not be an issue, but in the hotter months, the extra heat can make your home too hot, forcing you to use more energy to keep it cool. You may even have to use the AC on cooler, but sunny days.
Blinds and shades block sunlight from spilling into your home. Unfortunately, this means you won't get as much natural light than with non-covered windows (blinds and shades can be adjusted to only block some light). However, along with less natural visible light, you'll get less natural invisible light, such as UV rays, which can damage fabrics and materials inside the home and make them look old.
They Allow Sunlight During Winter
During the winter, you want lots of solar heat gain so you don't have to spend as much to keep your home heated. So many people choose to use awnings instead of blinds or shades. Because the winter sun sits lower in the sky, a good awning should block the summer sun but not the winter sun. However, unless your awnings have been measured and you have a monthly sun-angle chart for your area, your awnings may be too big, causing them to block the winter sun, too.
With blinds and shades, choosing the right size is much easier because you simply measure your windows. Plus, blinds don't really depend on the angle of the sun, since you can twist them in almost any angle. Similarly, blinds can easily be opened to expose the entire window.
They May Help Prevent Drafts
Heat loss is a major problem in the winter, especially if your windows are bare. Once direct sunlight isn't hitting the window, the cold air outside can make the window glass cold. If you don't have double-paned windows, this makes the glass inside the house cold, too. Every time warm air inside the home touches the window, it loses some heat to the window. This cools the air and creates a draft.
Unfortunately, the problem doesn't stop there. Once the air cools, it drops, and more hot air quickly moves into to fill the void. Of course, this just puts more warm air next to the cold window. Window coverings reduce drafts by creating a barrier between the cold glass and the air inside the home. Insulated curtains and drapes may be a better way to prevent drafts, but it's harder to control how much light enters.
While you may love the look of natural light flooding your home, bare windows can cause your energy bills to skyrocket. With so much natural heat during the summer, you'll have to use more power to cool the home, and drafts may force you to use more energy to heat the home in the winter.
Blinds and drapes give you the power to control how much light enters your house so you can reduce heat gain and loss. For more information, contact us at American Classic Shutters today.