Soaring electric bills equal major headaches for homeowners. With huge bills, means chunks of money go down the drain.
But did you know there’s a simple way to cut back on energy consumption? It doesn’t involve anything complicated. No. It only involves using blinds and shutters or a few other window coverings.
How can window treatments transform your home from an energy hog to an energy-efficient space? There are three ways below.
1. During winter, the right treatments can prevent warm air from escaping. You get a nice, toasty and comfortable home without cranking up your heater.
2. When summer time comes, it can do the same thing but in opposite. Proper window treatments can help your ...view middle of the document...
With a myriad of styles, you’ll have to exercise a keen eye in going for the functional types. Plain ones are great for style and simple needs. Designer shades are also aesthetically pleasing and functional, but can be pricey. Solar shades are ideal for providing energy efficiency because they block out the sun without completely obscuring the view. Dual shades are also helpful. Made up of a reflective and an absorbent side, it reflects the heat of the sun away from the window.
• Shutters – The most expensive of these options, shutters offer advantages in a variety of ways. For one, they generate additional value to your home. Plantation shutters in Wollongong for instance, became popular in Australia during the 80s. They look beautiful and work well in controlling the amount of sunshine and air inside a home. Apart from this, shutters are also favoured since they offer an extra layer of security.
• Awnings – South and West-facing windows benefit greatly from awnings. Placed properly, expect up to 65-75% reduction in heat, especially during summer. Synthetic awnings are water resistant and keeps mildew from...