Does Your Home Need Window Coverings?
Window coverings on a home look stylish but did you know they can be much more than that? Having the right coverings over your windows can increase the value of your home, lower your cooling costs in the summer, and make your air conditioner more efficient. Here are a few tips when selecting coverings for your home.
Window Coverings Choices
First, you should decide on a material. Window coverings can be made from many materials. They can be lightweight fabric, aluminum, or even wood. They can be sturdy and made to stay up year-round, or they could be retractable so they can be put away easily. Retractable coverings have the added benefit of being flexible, so one day you can choose to have shade, while the next you might want to let a little sunshine into your room. If your area is prone to severe weather, or you plan on leaving your coverings up year round, a sturdier material such as aluminum or wood will be more durable than fabric.
Next, decide whether you want your coverings to blend in with your home or act as a focal point. Bright red coverings can add a pop of color that can make a home stand out, but other people prefer a look that is more functional and goes with the existing exterior decor.
Coverings Help Window-Mounted AC
If you use a window-mounted air conditioner, an awning can help make it more efficient. By shielding the unit from the sun, it does not have to work as hard to pull heat out of the room you are cooling. This not only makes it more efficient but saves you money as well.
Window Coverings Placement
Coverings should be placed according to the positioning of your windows in relation to the sun. East and west facing windows receive more sun exposure, so they will need larger coverings than windows on the north and south sides of a home. Aim for 75 percent coverage on windows that are exposed to the sun, and 45-60 percent coverage on the others.
Selecting the right window coverings for your home is a great way to give your exterior a facelift without breaking the bank. Not only will your home look great, but you will save money on your cooling bills as well. If you are tired of sweltering in the summer, it might be time to take a closer look at this easy addition to your home.
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