With the rising costs of energy cutting into your family budget each year, it is no wonder many Americans are trying to conserve energy within their homes as much as they can. Thirty percent of your home's heat can be lost through your windows, but fortunately you can make some energy-saving additions to your home's windows inside and out to help prevent this loss. Here are some updates to your home you may consider to handle this problem.
Install Window-Framing Draperies
The decisions you make in decorating your home's interior not only affect the appearance and color-coordination of your furnishings, but adding the right draperies can also block energy loss from your home. For example, draperies installed to frame your home's windows can not only make your ceiling appear taller and the room more elegant, but they can also insulate the windows to make the room more comfortable.
To provide the best insulation, your window draperies should be made of two essential layers: a front decorative layer and a back insulation layer. Both of these layers work together to trap heat into the room and block it from escaping out your window. After all, energy loss occurs when heat transfers either into or out your home's windows.
The front layer of your drapers can be made of a decorative fabric that matches your color scheme and made of a material, such as silk, velvet, brocade, or linen. This decorative fabric is then lined with a light-colored woven fabric to help boost the drapery's insulative properties. In the summer, the light-colored lining will reflect and block out heat from the sun's radiation, and in the winter, the drapery's layers block the cold drafts from coming inside the room.
Keep in mind the length of the draperies can make a difference in their energy efficiency. Longer draperies that touch the floor will further block cold drafts that flow down from your windows and into the room. Also, draperies with a box valance not only provide a visual interest, but add a barrier to block out any heat gain in the summer on a window that receives direct sunlight.
Add Onto Your Existing Windows
When your home's windows are old with gaps around the panes and the frame allow energy loss, you can add storm windows onto your home's exterior without replacing your widows. Your storm windows will add a second layer of glass and an insulative layer of air between them and your home's existing windows.
But don't worry, you can still open your storm windows to let air into your home during nice weather. Just be sure to have them installed on your home permanently with bug screens and operable sashes.
Install Exterior Awnings
Another update you can use to reduce your energy loss is to add exterior window awnings on your home. An exterior window awning can reduce your home's solar heat gain during summer up to 65 percent on windows facing south and up to 77 percent on windows facing west.
A window awning made of a durable and UV-resistant material can withstand the Nevada heat of summer to shade your home's south- and west-facing windows. This blocks out the incoming sun to your home's windows to prevent solar heat gain in your home's interior. If you are concerned about a window awning blocking the solar heat gain in winter when you want it most, you can install a retractable awning.
Don't wait any longer while your home loses its energy and your hard-earned money out through the windows, but take action to block heat transfer and add needed insulation. Talk to a company representative at Eikelberger Awning & Drapery Co. today to find out how you can improve the efficiency of your home and its windows with attractive and functional interior and exterior window treatments.