Saving Energy with Window Treatments and Coverings
Posted by Norman Fong
We are deep in winter and it is very cold in many areas. Having curtains, blinds, or shades on windows can help keep warm air inside. They will also help keep the hot sunlight out during the summer.
Window blinds and shades are pretty cheap, easy to install, and lead to a short payback time.
Well made Insulated curtains can cost from $50 a window to hundreds of dollars, but work a lot better. Payback time is usually measured in years from 3+ years onwards. Be sure to hang curtains as close to the window as possible and cover the entire window. Close your curtains at night to reduce heat loss. Use can use two drapes to maximize efficiency.
US DOE has a nice consumer guide.
All Home Decor – Resources to help decorate and care for your home.
UV Film for Windows – Privacy, Heat Loss Control
UV Films that are placed for Windows can help enhance privacy and minimize Heat Loss. They are easy to apply and relatively inexpensive. Amazon has 3M kits from under $20.
Insulating films add reflect the sun’s rays in summer, keeping the home cooler without using air conditioning. These UV films also help retain up to 55% of your home’s heat in winter. Curtains, flooring, and furniture will fade less due to 99% UV ray blockage.
UV Window films add to the comfort and energy efficiency of your home at a small cost.
Lowes has instructions on how to apply the window UV film yourself.
You can also purchase new windows with built in sun stopping technology.
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