As fall settles in and we rake the leaves and turn the heat on in our houses there are some considerations to be noted when it comes to window treatments and energy efficiency. Window treatments are not only functioning for decoration and privacy but primarily for insulation. Heating and cooling accounts for the greater part of an energy bill for a majority of US homes. Choosing window treatments with awareness can reduce your homes heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. Here is a list of tips concerning window treatments and energy efficiency during the cold times of the year.
– To block draft from windows you can seal the leaks by using caulk, foam, or heat-shrinking plastic.
– You might consider switching single-pane windows for double-pane windows. Even though new windows are an expensive purchase, they contribute over time in lower energy bills. Consider this as a long-term investment.
– Research for shades and drapes that are designed to provide extra insulation for your windows. Tips: Hang drapes and blinds so that they touch the window frame but not the window. It creates an air space between the window and window treatment and seals the barrier air into the space, so the warm air is not flowing in to be cooled against the window.
– Close blinds and curtains during the night and open them during the day to let the warmth of sunshine in your home.
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By: Emilia Lepisto
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