Windows, Heat Gain, And Air Conditioning
Trying to keep a home cool through the summer is an expensive challenge. If you feel like you are paying too much to heat and cool your home, the problem might be your perspective on cooling. For example, just because you have installed an AC unit in your home does not mean that you are perfectly ready to keep your home cool. An AC unit only cools your home down once it has started to heat up in the first place. To really keep your home cool without breaking your monthly budget, you need to take steps to keep heat from entering your home through the windows.
No matter whether you have double or even triple-pane windows, the sun's UV rays can still pass through your windows and into your home. They will then heat up the inside of your home. You can stop some heat from entering your home by keeping your blinds shut all of the time, but this will also cut off all access to natural light and obscure your view of the outside world. Awnings will provide shade without entirely cutting off your view. In this way, awnings can decrease heat gain by up to 65%, which will decrease the need to cool your home back down. If you are worried that awnings will make your home look dated, you will need to look at modern styles of awnings.
A second option that you can use in conjunction with or in place of awnings is window film. A good window film will screen out the sun's UV rays, which will help to decrease heat gain. Used by itself, window film can reduce your cooling costs by up to 23%. Window film can also reflect heat back into your home, which will help to keep your heating costs down the winter. Thus, if you only have one option, window film, which provides year-round savings, is a better choice than awnings.
In order to keep your home cool, you need to do more than simply install an AC unit. Not only will taking steps to prevent your home from heating up in the first place help to keep your cooling costs down, but it will also help to keep your home more comfortable. You might see adding window awnings or window film as an extra cost, but because these items help you to save money on cooling costs, they are smart, money-saving choices.
Contact a business like Aggressive Mechanical Contractors for more information.