Five Tips for Saving Energy with Your Windows
Windows bring natural daylight and ventilation into your home, as well as frame beautiful outdoor views! Unfortunately, windows can also negatively impact your homes energy efficiency by allowing heat to escape in the winter and promote overheating in the summer. A few simple improvements may help reduce your energy bill and keep you more comfortable this winter:
1. Make sure that your windows are weather-stripped to seal any unnoticeable breaches gaps on the mounting. Weather-stripping helps reduce exterior noise.
2. Even if you use your basement as a storage facility, caulking helps prevent additional heat loss.
3. When your heater or air-conditioner is on, keep the windows locked.
4. On sunny winter days, open your window coverings to attain free solar heat. With more natural daylight you won't need to switch on interior lights, further reducing your energy use.
5. On summer days, close your window coverings early in the day to deflect the unwanted heat.
During the cold winter months, many of the Hunter Douglas window treatments offered at Budget Blinds are designed to help you insulate your home. Fabric coverings, such as Design Studio's Roman Shades, prevent heat from escaping with several layers of fabric. Cellular shades such as Duette Honeycomb shades also compartmentalize air to slow heat transfer. For a free in-home consultation, call Budget Blinds East at (503) 590-4333 today.