Once a month Floridians find themselves in the same predicament- walking across the driveway to the mailbox to fetch the much dreaded energy bill. With the Florida heat bearing down all year round, residents in the sunshine state are accustomed to blasting the air conditioning at home. So what can be done to lower your bill and keep cool? How about adding some window treatments to your arsenal to battle the heat? Let’s go over how this small change can have a big impact on your wallet. Outfitting your windows can be a simple and aesthetically pleasing way to lower your bill.
Properly installed shades are an effective solution to save energy. Shades are a good choice if you are interested in keeping out the heat during the summer months and insulating during the winter months. Using shades with two layers of fabric of varying color is ideal. A lighter color facing the window will reflect the heat and a darker color will absorb it during colder weather.
Drapes are another option. Heavier drapes are a less expensive option that will help in the pursuit of a more energy efficient household. Choosing the right fabric is crucial if you have decided that drapes are right for you. Lighter fabrics won’t leave much of an impression on your energy bill.
Interior and exterior shutters are the preference of many Floridians. Shutters allow for a level of privacy while allowing you to control the amount of heat streaming through the window. Some shutters are automated and can be worked through a remote. Not being made of fabric, shutters also offer a certain amount of protection to your windows.
Blinds are designed to reduce solar heat as well as being visually appeasing. They permit you control over light, ventilation, and privacy as well. Some blinds are even reflective to help fend off those pesky solar rays.