Hot summer days are long, and that means even more heat entering your home. While it's nice to look outside and enjoy the warm weather, it's not so nice to have that heat finding its way into your home. The good news is that you can use a variety of different window treatments in your home to reduce the amount of heat that enters through your windows.
Awnings fit over exterior windows, and can reduce heat inside your home by anywhere from 65 to 77 percent. This is a huge reduction in heat gain and can make a big difference when you're trying to keep your home cooler. Energy.gov recommends ensuring that your awnings have ventilation so that they don't trap heat around your windows. Removable awnings mean that you can take advantage of solar heat through your windows during the colder parts of winter.
Venetian blinds may seem at first to be a poor choice for reducing heat since they allow in a lot of light. The beauty of using blinds to reduce heat gain, however, is that you can adjust the slats of the blinds to direct the light either at the ceiling or the floor. Either method gives you a more diffused light while helping to block some of the heat.
Window tint is something that most people think about adding to their cars, but it's an effective window treatment at home, too. Tints are available in a wide range of transparencies and even some that reflect the majority of the light away from the house. Window tints are extremely beneficial in areas where homeowners want to keep their view unhindered but want to reduce glare and heat from coming in through the windows.
Any type of drape over a window can help to reduce some of the heat coming in through the window, but your best bet is darker drapes made from a fabric that has a close weave. Another excellent choice is a drape that has blackout fabric attached to the window-facing side. Drapes should hang very close to the window itself. Otherwise they can trap heat between the window and the drape, releasing that trapped heat into the room. Cornices at the top of the drapes can help to reduce some of that heat loss into the room.
If you're ready to try window treatments to control heat gain into your home, contact an expert who can help. You can find exactly the right solution for your home.