If you live in sunny Texas and your home isn’t surrounded by tall trees with plenty of foliage, you’ll have trouble with your air-conditioning bills, especially if you have windows that face south. The sun is likely to strike directly at your windows, bring in a lot of heat and stress your air-conditioning system. If this is the challenge that you face, you need two things: to invest in landscaping to plant those trees, and find a way to keep the sun out.
How about window film or screens?
If your windows are relatively new and in good shape, you wouldn’t want to invest in newer window technology right away. Instead, it would be an idea to look for polyester mesh screens to install on the outside of your windows. You could also look for tinted film.
Meshes or window screens are certainly effective at reducing heat inflow but can have disadvantages. They tend to ruin the view and to make your home unattractive. They can also reduce indoor light levels. If you like to keep your windows open sometimes, you’ll find that these meshes restrict airflow.
Tinted film does away with many of the downsides of window screens. Since they apply directly to the glass, they don’t inhibit airflow when you open a window. Rather than appear unattractive (as screens can), they actually make for a cool effect. They do tend to block light just as much as screens, though.
Awnings, roller shades and blinds and even drapes, all have their place when it comes to keeping the heat outdoors. You could consider calling a local window replacement company to look up a high-tech, all-new window product that offers the solution you need with none of the downsides of the conventional approaches.
Choosing a high-efficiency window
According to Allied Siding and Windows in Austin, TX, windows can account for 50% of the energy loss experienced by a home. High-performance window technology can offer a number of advantages. Insulated frames and multiple panes mean less noise transmission and lower levels of noise indoors. Less heat transmission can mean both lower temperatures in summer and greater warmth in winter. Low conductance window framing can mean considerable savings in energy lost as well.
It may not make economic sense to switch to new, high-tech windows to save money if your existing windows aren’t up for replacement. If they are, though, they are the solution that you should be looking at.