The windows on your home allow light and beauty into your home, but can also allow an entryway for outside extreme temperatures to affect your home's energy efficiency. By using window coverings and draperies on your home's windows and growing appropriately positioned outside vegetation, you can help control the climate and temperature inside your home throughout the year. Here are some tips to help you accomplish this.
Use Window Coverings
During summer when the sun's rays shine into your home's windows, the rays can heat up your home's interior. It can be helpful to install blinds or curtains inside your windows that face the sun to block the sunlight and this heat gain. It is most important to install draperies and blinds on windows facing east, south, and southwest for various times of the day when the sun travelers across the sky.
Keep the blinds closed against the sun during the day, then open them when the sun passes if you want to allow in light or open your windows for cool nighttime air. By installing curtains that are lined with a white or light-colored material, you can help reflect the sunlight out of the window. Using dark-colored or black lined draperies in your home's windows can absorb the sun's heat and warm your home's interior.
During the winter, close the draperies or blinds to help block cold air from passing through your window and into your home's interior. Then, open the blinds during the day to allow the sun's rays to enter the window to help warm your home from solar heat gain.
Shrubbery and trees can be planted around your home's exterior to block your home from the summer sun's heat. It is best to plant deciduous trees on the east, south, and west sides of your home to take advantage of the shade they provide. As the shade from these trees falls on your home's windows, roof, and exterior walls, it can help keep your home's interior cooler during the heat of summer days.
Planting vine plants and shrubbery around your home's outside air conditioner compressor and around paved areas can shade these areas to reduce heat absorption of the sun during the day. This can help lower the outside temperature on and around these surfaces to help keep your home's interior cooler as well.
During the winter when the leaves on your yard's deciduous trees fall, the trees will allow sunlight to shine on and into your home. This will help you use the solar heat gain to help keep your home warm and reduce your required use of your home's heating system.
Use these tips to help you control and manage the temperature inside your home and reduce your energy usage.