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Angie’s List: Beat the Heat with Window Treatments

(WGGB) — Blasting the air conditioner may keep your house cool in the summer, but it won’t help your bottom line.

If your budget could use a break, you may want to focus on your windows — or at least what’s hanging around them.

But what type is right for your home?

Vertical or horizontal blinds can reduce solar heat gain by 45 percent. Adding drapes can cool your house off even more.

“When it comes to keeping cool in the summertime grandma’s advice about pulling the drapes on windows that face the west and the south still holds true,” says Angie Hicks of Angie’s List. “Using a medium-colored drape with a white plastic backing can cut your solar heat gain by 33 percent.”

For even more cooling power, Hicks recommends treating your windows from the outside as well.

“Another way to tackle the solar heat gain in your home is awnings,” says Hicks. “Window awnings today are more fashionable than days gone by.”

She adds, “There’s different types of materials, as well as colors and styles. The great thing about awnings is they can cut your solar heat gain by about 77 percent.”

“The typical pro-rated warranty is for 10 years but generally you’re going to get 12 to 15 years out of the fabric, which is a great thing relative to a dollar per year cost of the product,” adds Matt Garvey, and awning company owner.

The key to reducing energy use in your home is ensuring window treatments are installed properly. Angie says most window treatment companies do offer free in-home consultations.


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