by Shirley Roberts
(New Orleans, USA)
You might not know it, but your windows and doors aren’t mere decorations in your house. Aside from keeping the burglars out, and everyone snugly in, your windows and doors are the best way to cool and heat your house naturally.
With the right windows and doors, you can save on your heating and cooling bills. If the doors and windows fit well and are positioned strategically, you can even save on your electric bill.
In this age of energy conservation and better budget management, we all need to take measures in saving energy and keeping our bills to a minimum. Here are a few tips that you might want to follow as you monitor your heating and cooling usage.
If your glass windows have cracks in them, or if you have windows that can’t be shut and fastened, replace them with new and better ones. Closing your windows during the winter can help seal the heat in, and can help you save on your heating bills. If you have an air conditioning unit, you also need to close your windows to seal the air in, and keep your air conditioning unit from being overworked.
If your doors are cracked or damaged, or if their hinges are loose, then you will need to replace them. As with windows, doors that close properly seal in heat or cold air, and can help you save electricity.
Shield your windows with curtains so that you can keep the sun from coming into your house on summer days. Take the curtains down when winter comes along: you will need natural sunlight to help your house warm up. However, if the world outside is gray and dreary, keep your heat in by closing the curtains and turning up the lights. Electric lights can raise the temperature of a room, and you may not need to turn on your heater at all.
If you have an air conditioning unit, place plants outside your window, or put an awning over the air conditioning unit. If heat strikes an air conditioning unit, it will take up more electricity to do its job. You will need to protect the unit from heat, and keep it in a relatively cool place. Not only will the plants cool the immediate environment of the air conditioning unit, it will also make your house appear cleaner and cool. Nothing looks better than green, healthy plants right outside yourwindow!
There are many different kinds of windows available to suit your needs and budget. In fact, these windows are built in certain ways, so that they can help you save on heating and cooling costs. Although the following list is by no means comprehensive, it can give you an idea as to what kinds of windows are available. For more information, contact your local furniture or building store, so that you can be aware of all the options you have when you consider what windows you would like to place in your home.
In general, you can consider three different kinds of materials to fit into the frame of your window: glass, hard plastic, and thin metal screens. Glass windows can keep heat and cold in very well, so they can help you save on heating bills, but they can make your house hotter in the summer. If you must run the air conditioning unit during this time, switch it to fan mode first, so that your room cools down, and the unit won’t have a hard time cooling your air later. Make sure that the windows are completely closed so that you can keep the cool air in.
Hard plastic is often used for colored windows to make them appear like stained glass. They can quickly heat up or cool down a room, depending on their color. Darker, rosier colors such as red, orange, and yellow can add heat to a room; deeper colors such as blue or violet can cool it down.
Screens are good for letting the air in during the summer. If you havewindow screens, don’t run your air conditioning unit. Instead, switch on an electric fan to keep the air circulating. Refrain, however, from placing plants next to screen windows: plants can sometimes accumulate dust, and the air that comes into your screen window might not be filtered well enough to keep the debris out.
Bay windows and windows with window seats can also be a charming addition to your home. However, they can also be expensive to maintain. If you have such windows, supplement them with plants and flowers, so that they appear cooler. When winter comes along, drape them with dark curtains to keep the heat in.
These are a few tips that you might want to follow as you redesign your house and keep it energy conservation-compliant. Do as much research as you can on the best windows for your house, and make sure that all openings into your house are well sealed. You can cut down on your bills by building your house well, without scrimping on any charming details.
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