Temperatures are still mild in Victorville this time of year, and it can be easy to forget about the summer heat ahead. Summertime heat means energy costs for air conditioning and cooling, and window coverings can make a big difference in keeping energy bills down. The right blind, drape, or shutter can significantly reduce heat gain through windows in the summer, as well as keep the building warmer in winter.
How Window Treatments Block Victorville Summer Heat
- Slatted blinds provide versatility for controlling light and ventilation and also for blocking heat when fully closed. Blinds made of highly reflective material can reduce heat gain by as much as 45 percent when they are installed on windows receiving full sun at midday and closed at midday.
Slatted blinds can also be used to focus strong sunlight upward toward a light colored ceiling, creating a cool and glare-free reflected light source in the room during the day.
- Draperies can also provide a significant amount of protection against heat infiltration through windows if they are fully closed when the window is in full sun. Lighter-colored materials are better for reflecting heat, and drapery with a light backing can lower heat gain by over 30 percent. Heavily pleated draperies also lower heat convection by creating more surface area to diffuse the heat.
To maximize heat loss or gain through a drape-covered window, the drapery should be installed as near as possible to the window. A cornice at the top of the drape gives added protection against hot or cold air moving from the window into the room. When the sides of drapes are sealed against the wall with magnetic strips and the drapes are overlapped in the middle, you can achieve the maximum energy savings.
Also, draperies, shutters, and blinds only help control heat if they are opened and closed at the right time of day. If no one is home to do this manually, automatic blinds can solve the problem by closing and opening on a pre-programmed schedule or whenever you like through control through a smartphone.
- Motorized window coverings also give you control over hard to reach windows and let you open and close blinds with a remote control device from the comfort of a chair.