Reduce Heat Gain, And Create Lasting Savings

Reduce Heat Gain, And Create Lasting SavingsHeat gain can be your home’s number one energy-draining enemy during the summer season. Heat gain is simply the process of heating moving through a home’s building materials. In the average home, heat gain can occur through a number of means. Namely, heat moves through the home’s exterior building shell — if there’s not adequate insulation — and heat moves through windows.

Consider the low-cost method of decreasing heat infiltration through your windows. Choose one of the window-treatment methods below, and then watch energy bills dip — and comfort rise.

Here are three options to consider for your Terre Haute home:

  • Interior blinds – This type of window treatment is effective at reducing heat gain during the summer, but it won’t greatly affect heat loss during winter — when heat escapes out of the home through windows. With window blinds, you can adjust slats to see out of them, as well as use them to control ventilation. While they are not the most effective tool available, high-reflectivity type blinds can reduce heat gain by 45 percent.
  • Exterior blinds – These blinds are more like permanent roller blinds, often constructed from either vinyl, steel, aluminum or wood. They can completely block the penetration of the sun, and you can raise them partially to access air and sunlight.
  • Window drapes – Depending on the type of material used, window draperies offer an aesthetically pleasing interior look, with the option to open or close them. When closed, darker-colored drapes that use a light-colored plastic back can lower heat gain by 33 percent. And by nature, the folds and pleats of drapes also help to diffuse heat. For optimal results, hang drapes as close to the window as you can, with the bottom of the drape falling flush with the floor or windowsill. For even better results, hang double drapes: The interior one will work to prevent heat gain, while the exterior one, the one facing the room, will hold a temperature that’s closer to the home’s interior temperature, maximizing comfort.

Need help lowering heat gain in your home? Contact Paitson Serving homeowners in greater Terre Haute for 90 years.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about heat gain and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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