We experience many hot days during the summertime. And when this happens you simply want to stay cool in the comforts of your home. But, if you dont have the proper window coverings, you can end up with high energy bills at the end of the month. So, you need something that will keep the heat out of your room so that you dont overwork your HVAC system during these months. You should look for a window covering that will prevent the suns rays and its heat to come through so that you HVAC system can work normally.
In your home you have rooms that do not have direct sunlight going through but there are also rooms where the suns rays directly come inside the room. Keeping the curtains open and air circulating is enough for rooms that dont get hit directly by sunlight. For rooms that are hit by the suns rays, then in order to bounce the suns rays away from you window, you will need window coverings. Remember that light colored window treatments will reflect the suns rays and will prevent it from coming in. Dark colors retain the most heat. Below you will find the best window coverings for your home.
If you dont want to completely block the view outside but reduce glare, then you should use solar shades. Light is not completely blocked but harmful UV rays are filtered out and solar heat is bounced away from your rooms. Light or white solar shades will reflect heat best.
You can also use blackout curtains with white vinyl or plastic backing layer. This backside will reflect light and will not allow the suns rays to enter you room. Make sure you mount it tightly to the wall from floor to ceiling so that less light can penetrate through the edges.
Awnings can also reduce solar heat absorption. The most sunlight is reflected by light colored awnings. If you put other window coverings aside from just awnings, then there will be more benefits to you. Choose a retractable awning so that during colder months you can still let the sunlight in.
Honeycomb shades or cellular shades can help insulate your home. Since air is not a good heat conductor, the air pockets can block heat and cold. The honeycomb structure helps to diffuse light and heat. Other window treatments can be paired with this.
It is important that window covering fit snugly within the window space. You should not leave gaps for light to enter. Consulting a blind service is the best way to get a perfect fit for your window covering. They can also help you with oversized windows.