Reduce your home’s energy consumption with window treatments

Summer is just around the corner, ready to bring months of warm weather with it! While this is a favorite time of year for many families, especially for those who have suffered through this past unbearably cold winter, it is also a time where energy use and prices spike. Most people have a tendency to turn on their air conditioning unit and forget about it, just wanting to enjoy the comfortable temperatures and respite from the outdoor heat. While this can be relaxing, you should always keep your monthly utility payments in mind and be on the lookout for ways to reduce your house's energy consumption.

Here are a few window treatments that will increase your home's efficiency:

  • Blinds: This kind of window covering remains popular because of its versatility. Not only can they keep the sun's rays from invading your room, they can also allow air to pass through depending on how they are adjusted, so it does not become stuffy and uncomfortable. You have almost total control over how well-lit and airy your interior will be.
  • Shades: The best way to keep the heat and light from the sun out of a room is by investing in some thick shades. The stronger and darker the material, the more effectively they will work. The only downside to this product is that when they are pulled down, you will not be able to see outside.

In addition to installing new window treatments in your home, there are plenty of steps that can be taken to have a home that consumes power in a smarter way. If you are a Maryland resident, schedule an energy audit with Alban Inspections today!