Keeping your home cool during the summer can be taxing for your air conditioning system. Fortunately, there are ways to cool your home naturally that can help reduce the load on your A/C. In this blog, your local window replacement company Renewal by Andersen® of Spokane shares some tips.
Open the Windows
There are quite a few reasons why you shouldn’t keep your windows closed all the time. For one, open windows create a cross-breeze that enhances airflow, which, during certain times of the day, can provide enough cooling without running the air conditioner. This is particularly effective when the windows are located in areas with a steady breeze.
Another benefit of opening windows is it improves indoor air quality. Make sure you use insect screens when you open your windows for any extended amount of time.
Use Window Treatments
As a form of light, solar heat can get through all types of clear glass. You can easily tell this is happening just by letting some of the light shine on you. If it feels hot, then heat is getting through. Window treatments such as plantation shutters, blinds, and blackout curtains can block solar heat. They also make the room darker, which can be useful if you need to get some sleep during the day. These window treatments come in all shapes and sizes that fit even custom-shaped specialty windows.
Invest in “Low-E” Windows
Consider investing in replacement windows equipped with “Low-E” glass. This type of glass has a metallic oxide coating that selectively blocks UV rays and solar heat, while letting visible light through, just like clear glass. You can enjoy the benefits of natural light, including known health benefits related to regular exposure to daytime-nighttime cycles. Renewal by Andersen replacement windows are equipped with High Performance™ Low-E4® glass as standard equipment. The SmartSun™ option can block up to 95% of UV rays, which helps keep fabrics and furniture from fading.