With the summer months approaching, many homeowners are looking for ways to keep cool that do not necessarily involve air conditioning. While those in the hotter climates cannot usually avoid using air conditioning, many in temperate climates can simply control the heat in the home with the right window treatments.
In some areas, simply closing draperies or blinds during the sunniest parts of the day can help keep the house cool. On breezy days, draperies or blinds can be opened, allowing the windows to be open and letting in some fresh air to make things feel nice.
Draperies that have a plastic solar protection panel added in can be the best way to keep out the heat. One of the ideal characteristics about draperies during the hot weather is the folds and pleats, which can help with the heat convection and keep the heat from entering the home and making it too stuffy and warm. Some draperies are known to reduce the heat entry into the home by more than 30%, which can be significant when you are trying to reduce air conditioning costs associated with the warm weather.
To keep the heat out, it can be helpful to hang the draperies close to the window itself. When the draperies are longer than the sill, or even down to the floor, energy conservation is maximized. Adding a cornice or valance to the top can also help, since heat rises, and the valance or cornice can help to trap it and prevent it from entering the room.
For draperies that are a few inches away from the window, try using a Velcro strip on the sides of the windows to further seal things off and keep the hot rays of the sun at bay. As the temperatures cool when the sun goes down, draperies can be opened and the windows can let some wonderful breezes in to cool the house down and make it more comfortable for sleeping.
For those who prefer a more natural heating and cooling system, window treatments can be chosen that can help naturally heat and cool a home, without the need for excessive use of the air conditioner. Use the money that you save on air conditioning to enjoy fun summer activities!