Home Energy Savings 101: Window Treatments

Home Energy Savings 101: Window TreatmentsWhile windows let the light and the view of the great outdoors into your house, window treatments help reduce the energy-efficiency problems that come along with it. On a hot, sunny day, glass transmits solar heat energy very efficiently. Once in your house, that energy heats indoor air and competes against your air conditioner, raising your cooling costs in summer. Window treatments for existing windows are designed to control heat gain while still admitting desirable light and allowing you to enjoy the view.

  • Start with the easiest alternative: shades. Mount them very close to the glass to cut solar heat gain and heat loss. Two-tone shades — one light side and one darker side — allow you to control the color facing the outdoors. In summer the light color will reflect solar energy in sunlight while in winter the dark side absorbs it.
  • Blinds give you greater adjustable control of the amount of sunlight. From totally open to totally closed, fine-tune the exact level of light and heat you want inside on a given day, appropriate to your indoor comfort and energy efficiency.
  • Drapes are more than indoor decor. They’re also major two-way heat barriers. Drapes keep solar heat out on a hot day and hold it inside on a winter night. Choose drapes in a medium color with a white plastic backing to reduce solar heat gain through windows by up to one-third.
  • Awnings shade glass window surfaces and can reduce heat gain by 65 to 77 percent depending on the orientation of the window. Awning material should have vents to prevent heat from accumulating next to the window and ideally be retractable to allow solar heat inside on winter days.
  • Adhesive window films make standard glass more energy-efficient. Mirror-like films have the highest rating for heat reflectivity; the more transparent the film, the less heat it blocks. Because the heat rejection factor is non-adjustable, in winter the glass may not admit desirable solar heat when you need it.

Serving the Terre Haute homeowner since 1922, let the professionals at Paitson Bros. evaluate your home for energy-saving window treatments.

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 window treatments and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859.

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