If you live in Apple Valley, Adelanto, Hesperia, Victorville in the High Desert of Southern California, then you know how brutal the triple-digit desert heat can be.
Luckily, there are some types of window treatment than can help with the desert heat, allowing you to turn off the air conditioning or at least turn it down some.
When window shades are properly installed, they provide energy efficiency and effective ways to help cool your home and save energy. To properly install the shades you will want to mount them as close to the window glass (within in the window frame itself), creating a sealed area.
According to The Department of Energy, window awnings can help reduce the desert heat especially in the summer by nearly 65 percent. If you place the awning on the south side of your house, that percentage increases to 77 percent. For the best results, select awnings that are light in color and will reflect more sunlight. During the winter months, you can roll up the retractable awning to let the sun warm up your house.
Interior and exterior shutters can reduce the amount of heat your home takes in from the sun and the amount of air conditioning that escapes through your windows. Interior shutters also provide weather protection, added security, no interior space is required, and there is no risk of thermal shock to the window if you leave it closed.
Exterior shutters provide the same benefits as interior ones. However, they should be installed when the house is built as part of the architectural design to make sure there are no small gaps that could allow air in or out. If you decide to have the exterior shutters installed after you move into the house, have a professional install them; this isn’t a do-it-yourself type weekend project.
Express Blinds & More have been providing energy efficiency and assorted types of window treatment to the residents of Apple Valley, Adelanto, Hesperia, Victorville and High Desert area for more than two decades.