Switching out your old windows is a smart and effective way to reduce energy use, but there are simpler and less expensive ways to improve your windows. Window treatments can make a significant difference in boosting energy efficiency while helping keep your home comfortable – and they can often add visual appeal as well. Learn more about the different window treatments that are available and start saving energy in style today.
Different Window Treatments
When installed over west-facing windows awnings can cut heat gain by 77 percent, and up to 65 percent on south-facing windows.
Overhangs can reduce heat gain in the summer, while still letting in sunlight that can warm your home in the winter, but they work best if installed during a home’s construction over south-facing windows.
A storm panel may lower heat loss in the winter by up to 50 percent. They are removable (usually taken out before the start of summer), and can be used on the inside or outside of a window.
Mesh Window Screens
Summer heat gain is decreased with mesh window screens (especially on east- or west-facing windows) because they diffuse solar radiation.
Since high-reflective film is good at blocking solar heat gain, it is ideal in locations with long summers and short winters.
Shades – particularly dual-sided shades – can help conserve energy in both the summer and winter.
It’s hard to generalize about curtains’ effectiveness since there are so many types, but medium-colored curtains with white plastic backings can lower heat gain by 33 percent.
Insulated panels are clipped or pushed into the interior side of a window, forming a tight seal that helps stop heat transfer. Most panels have an R-value between 3.8 and 7.
Shutters can be used to prevent heat loss or gain. Exterior shutters are usually the most effective, but interior shutters tend to be easier to install.
Blinds can lower summer heat gain and winter heat loss, but are more effective at saving energy in the summer.
For more information on window treatments, please feel free to contact us at Pioneer Comfort Systems.