Who doesn’t want their home to be as comfortable and welcoming as possible? This comfort and charm have a lot to do with the temperature. Have you ever been in a home that’s too cold? No fun. What about a house that’s too hot? No good. That’s where these tips, from installing motorized louvered pergolas on your home to adding insulation, to help with maintaining your preferred temperature without running up your utility bills.
Sure, your home’s furnishings, décor, color scheme, and even scent are important, but maintaining the preferred temperature is key. Do this by:
- Add Window Blinds– The sun is the earth’s natural heating source. The heat from the sun can be felt even through most windows and can therefore add unwanted heat to your home. You can control the heat from the sun by adding the right kind of window treatment to your windows. Blinds and drapes are effective at controlling the sunlight, but they can be all or nothing, meaning they’re all the way open or all the way closed. You can adjust window blinds to let in as little or as much natural light as you want. Blinds are ideal for controlling the sun’s warmth, but keep in mind that the heat from the sun affects rooms with south-facing windows the most, while rooms with north-facing windows receive the least amount of light and therefore heat. In fact, some kinds of blinds can reduce heat transfer by about 45% and block about 30 degrees of heat.
- Add Insulated Windows – Many windows are not able to prevent both hot and cold air from passing through them. Adding additional insulation to your windows will greatly reduce this heat and cold transfer, making it easier to control the temperature in your home without spending a ton of money on heating and cooling costs. There are lots of new windows that are very modern and advanced and can offer additional insulation against the outside temperature built right into the frame and even the glass. Look for modern insulated windows to help control the temperature inside your home.
- Add Weatherstripping – Sometimes even the most advanced windows and shutters can be brought down by drafts. You should add weatherstripping to your windows to help block these drafts, whether they are hot or cold. You can add standard weatherstripping from the hardware store or get windows that come with weatherstripping pre-installed.
- Add Motorized Louvred Pergolas – You can also help control the heat from the sun by adding motorized louvered pergolas to your outdoor space. Program the pergola to come down at the height of the sun’s heat during the day and it will help block out some of the sun’s warming UV rays that might stream into your home and cause excess heat. Plus, they also help keep your outdoor space cool in the heat of the day.