Monday, May 21, 2012

Just The Facts.

I get asked about these things a lot. Especially at this time of year.  Each year I write a bit about these things and hope that those of you who have not paid attention in the past will do so now.  I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t want to reduce their heating and cooling bills. So, listen up, group. Here are the facts:
1. Putting solar film on your windows will reduce the heat transmitted though the windows by at least  68 percent.  This is heat transmitted in both directions. 
Window Film and More: window-film-lower-your-cooling-bills.aspx
2.Just adding blackout lining to your existing window treatments can reduce your heating and cooling bill by at least 15 percent.
Thermal Curtains Lining Efficiency:
University of Wisconsin: Energy Conserving Window Treatments:
3. While risking the wrath of some, I am going to quote the  U.S. Department of Energy and tell you that the proper window treatments --- including manufactured shades and blinds --- can save you up to 25 percent on your heating and cooling bill. 
U.S. Department of Energy: windows_doors_skylights/index.cfm/mytopic=13530
4.The sun will damage your window coverings, furniture and floors. Even if they are on a north-facing window, even if they are under an awning. cat/window/aboutdrapery_linings.htm
There, now you know. Call me if you’d like me to bring you samples and talk about this further. 

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