Do you ever wonder why your parents would close the curtains or blinds when you weren't home? They did it to conserve energy of course! This week's bit of frugality comes as a slight household "chore."
On those hot days, you certainly don't want the air conditioner running at full bore the entire day while you're not there to enjoy it. Drawing the shades or pulling the curtains closed prevents the sun's heat from keeping your home hot, and in turn, causing your air unit to run more.
In the colder months, there's a couple of options you could do. On those nicer sunny days, open the shades up a bit to let the warmth in. However, don't keep them open all day. Once the sun sets, the cold air will also set in, leaving your home to cool down. And, if your windows are older, you'll leak out that warmth you just acquired! Cold, brisk, & windy days, you will want to keep your draperies pulled to prevent any cold air from coming in.
Blinds vs Curtains
So now you're probably wondering what is better when it comes to energy efficiency - blinds or curtains? Thus the question when pondering which is best for preserving heat. Both can be effective but the secret is to get as close a fit as possible and eliminate gaps that allow drafts in and the heat to escape. Reynold's window treatments breaks it down here.
Are Curtains Really Effective?
Yes. In a report by consumerreports.org, the clever use of blinds, curtains, and other window treatments can help keep your house cool and your bills in check. The Department of Energy says the smart management of window coverings can reduce heat gain by up to 77 percent. (And, as a bonus, these same practices can reduce heat loss in the winter.)
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