Everyone struggles to keep their house as cool as possible in the summer. Did you know that a large majority of your home’s energy is released through the windows? During the summer your windows account for almost a quarter of your costs to cool your home. While installing energy efficient windows that contain a coating that reflects the sun’s rays off of the glass are the best way to keep your home cool, there are a few other things you can do yourself in order to reduce those cooling bills.
How to Keep your Windows Cool
The easiest way to keep the heat from coming in through your windows is to cover all windows during the daytime. Installing blind, shades or drapes on every window in your home and keeping them drawn during the hot days will help to reflect the sun away from your home. If you cannot cover every window with blinds or drapes that can block out the sun, you can also put large potted plants, trellises or planted trees near your windows in order to shade the windows from the hot sun. You could also install a reflective film on your windows that reduces the sun’s glare from increasing the temperature in the rooms of your home.
Keep Windows Closed
When the air outside is hotter than the air inside your home, it is time to keep your windows closed. Opening windows when the air is hotter outside allows the hot air into your home, increasing the temperature. Closing your windows and drawing the shades or drapes is the best way to preserve the cool air in your home.
Other ways to Keep your Home Cool
There are various other things you can do to keep your home cool including running a fan in the room that you are in to keep a constant breeze blowing on you to keep you cooler. You should also make the best effort to reduce heat sources in the home including using the oven or stove as little as possible, turn lights off when you don’t require them on, use TVs and other electrical equipment as little as possible because they all generate heat and increase the temperature of your home.