Make your windows work for you during the summer heat
As “air conditioner” season gets under way, here's some helpful tips for homeowners to save on their energy bills during the warm and sunny months.
“In between BBQs and days at the pool, summer is also a time to take a closer look at how keeping the home cool can impact your utility costs,” said Mark Davis, executive director, The Earthwise Group, LLC,a national network of locally owned, independent manufacturers of windows and doors.
Homeowners should consider these short- and long-term solutions to help conserve energy this summer:
- Letting the sun shine through a home’s windows may make it bright and cheerful, but it also means a home’s air conditioner must work harder to cool the inside air heated by the sun.
- Consider replacing old windows with ENERGY STAR-qualified windows, which can reduce heat gain in the summer. Some local utilities even offer rebates or other incentives for window replacement.
- If replacing a home’s windows is not an option, consider installing white window shades, drapes or blinds to reflect heat away from the house.
- Close curtains on the south- and west-facing windows during the day.
- Install awnings on south- and west-facing windows to shade the house from the afternoon sun.
- On hot days when the air conditioner isn’t running, consider venting double hung windows from the top to allow the hottest air near the ceiling to vent to the outside first.
Look for windows that meet energy standards in the industry, including those set by Energy Star, the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) and The American Architectural Manufacturing Association (AAMA).
Read more about energy-efficient windows and doors.