Summer is here, and most of us have already started cranking the AC. But that can be rough on both our wallets and the environment. Fortunately, there are other ways to keep our homes cool without increasing the energy bill. Simple things like changing window treatments can keep us cool and comfortable during the hottest months. Here are a few summer-inspired window coverings to help you beat the heat.
Window Treatments for Summer
1. Cellular or Honeycomb Shades
As the name suggests, honeycomb shades have a unique D-shaped cell structure and multiple-layer cells that trap air and insulate rooms. Available in both manual and remote-controlled operating systems, these shades have a protective solar coating that reduces heat build-up. The single-cell light-filtering mechanism will block light and heat, while multiple-layer cells provide more heat protection and privacy than other window treatments. They make the perfect summer window treatment and protect you from nosy neighbours and excessive noise.
2. Roller Shades
Lightweight and convenient, these shades can be pulled down when you need them and rolled up when not in use. They protect your home from harmful UV rays and keep rooms cool. Perfect for heat control and light diffusion, roller shades also eliminate sun glare without restricting your view of the outdoors. So, whether you work night shifts and need to sleep during the day or want to relax on weekends, these coverings provide you with much-needed light and heat control.
Available in a range of colors, fabrics, and textures, roller shades are easy to clean and come in different opacity options, from fully opaque to translucent. The best thing about roller shades is that they keep the cold out during winter, making them the perfect year-round insulation option.
3. Solar Screens
Solar shades are another good way to reduce summer heat and glare. They come either in roller blinds or fixed panels installed on a window, porch, patio, or balcony. Light-coloured solar screens let in light while blocking heat and the view of the outdoors; darker screens reduce sun glare without blocking the outside view. Available in a range of colours, they can seamlessly match your home’s exterior décor and colour scheme. What’s more, they protect furniture from harmful UV rays and reduce your energy bill.
4. Heavy Drapes
Heavy curtains not only keep out light but also reduce heat. They are a traditional way to make homes more energy-efficient while improving their resale value. Modern draperies come in a range of colours, designs, fabrics, and patterns. Selecting the right material and colour can go a long way towards reducing heat. Heavy fabrics like velvet, crepe, and thick satin, in dark shades of blue, maroon and gray, block out light completely.
5. Reflective Films
You can also insulate your windows with special ultra-thin, mirror-like reflective coatings that block harmful UV rays. There are many options from which to choose, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Probably the most popular are low-emissivity (low-e) windows that block heat but let in ample natural light.
Summer is full of fun activities, like swimming, BBQ, bike rides, and more. But if you are a homebody who prefers to spend quality time at home, it’s important to keep your digs cool and comfortable. There are many ways to do this without burning a hole in your pocket. Try these above-mentioned window coverings to enjoy a cooler home, even during summer.