Minimize Heat, Increase Comfort
As the summer is boiling on, our homes feel more like ovens than getaways. We’ve collected five ways you can make your home more comfortable through the summer. Read on!
1. Use AC
A common solution is to run your AC during the hottest part of the day. If you’re running your AC from morning to evening to keep your house cool, you have unnecessary heat building up. How do you reduce your AC needs? Start with blocking the sun from getting through your windows with window treatments of various kinds. In the end, AC is the quickest way to really bring down the heat!
2. Install blinds/shades
Interior blinds and curtains are the most common way to block the heat from entering your home, but they will suffer sun fading and also darken your rooms and block views. Still, they are low-cost and can be conveniently moved through the day once the sun has moved away.
3. Window coverings
Exterior window coverings like awnings also block the sun and reduce heat. They deflect the sunlight from above while still allowing in light through the day. However, they must be extended and closed from the outside and they will experience more sun-fading than interior window coverings. Nonetheless, when combined with curtains and blinds, they are an effective heat barrier.
4. Install interior window film
Installing window film is an efficient way to reduce heat, whether interior or exterior, without darkening rooms or sacrificing views. Window films, such as those offered by Solar Art, block 99% of the sun’s invisible UVA/UVB rays and also reflect over 75% of the the sun’s heat and light before it ever enters your home. In fact, homes with window films improve their HVAC performance and, depending on your region, qualify for rebates from local energy companies. They only improve the function, but don’t change the appearance, of your windows.
5. Install exterior window film
Just like interior window film, exterior film will block 99% of the UVA/UVB rays and can reflect over 75% of the sun's heat. Exterior window films are ideal when interior access to a window is difficult. In brief, Solar Art specializes in affordable window film installation which is key in reducing heat in your home or office. Combined with curtains, awnings, and your AC, window films can reduce your cooling costs and make your home more comfortable during the summer.