In the past, we have discussed how new technology implemented into household windows can help conserve energy and save homeowners a significant amount of money. Although in order to reap those benefits, homeowners need to commit to a total window replacement project. For some people, there are situations were undertaking a project like that is simply not in the cards, so we would like to offers some energy saving ideas you can utilize with the windows you have now
Chances are that you already have shades for you windows, they are quite simply the easiest way to block unwanted sunlight. But the question remains: Are they installed for maximum conservation? The US Department of Energy (DOE) suggests that hanging the shades as close to the window and adjacent wall as possible crates a more effective seal and minimizes heat gain and heat loss. Along with installation, the color of the shade can help conserve energy when implemented properly. Lighter colors can be used in the summer to reflect heat and keep the room cooler, while darker colors will absorb heat during the winter.
With houses in environments that are hot and sunny year around, you will be hard pressed to find one without awnings. You can think of them like a hat for your window: they sit above the window and provide shade. They are most effective on south-facing and west-facing windows, reducing heat gain by up to 65 and 77 percent, respectively. For even better reflection, the DOE suggests using light colored, opaque and tightly woven materials. Flimsy fabrics will do little to block heat.
High Reflectivity Film
Window films are becoming more and more popular with because of their reflective abilities without adding too much to the room. Since reflective films are attached permanently to window, the DOE suggests they be utilized in areas with shorter winters. Use in areas with longer winters run the risk of blocking much needed heat during the colder months.
By Paul Doh