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: http://www.windowfilmandmore.com/how-does-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: http://thermalinsulatedcurtains.com/
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: http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/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.
There, now you know. Call me if you’d like me to bring you samples and talk about this further.