Friday, May 23, 2014

Cooling window treatment options

The hot and sunny weather in the Philippines can sometimes make for an uncomfortably warm home and turning on the air conditioner at night for better sleep is a common routine for many. 

Use both sheer curtains and drapes for flexibility - these will help block out the sun.

Some homeowners run their air conditioners all the time just to cope with the heat but frequent use of air conditioning units will inevitably add to energy consumption and high utility bills. However, there’s a better way to approach this – make your window treatments work for you instead. 

Using window treatments, whether for the interior or exterior of your home, can make for a cooler home, thus lowering energy consumption and your monthly cost. 

For cooler home interiors, try these ideas… 

Awnings and overhangs

Homes with awnings or roof overhangs prevent the sun from directly hitting your windows. The slanted structure of awnings also helps trap hot air, preventing it from reaching your windows. Allow for some openings to help with air flow. 

Use light-colored awnings to reflect sunlight. Roof overhangs are similar to awnings but lie perpendicular to the exterior wall. 

Curtains and drapes

Some interior design styles work best when you incorporate curtains and drapes. These window treatments offer a softer look for rooms. Use both sheer curtains and drapes for flexibility. 

When choosing drapes, go for drapes that hang from the ceiling to the floor to help block out the sun. 

Blinds and shades

A straightforward option, shades provide the most effective way to block out heat. Mount shades as close to the window glass as possible for maximum effect. On the other hand, blinds offer a more flexible solution. Blinds block off the sun while still maintaining privacy and letting some light in. You may adjust this depending on time of day or preference. 


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