Install window shades such as blinds or shutters
If the sun creates overwhelming heat in your home during the warmer months, you can improve your comfort and lower your cooling costs by adding shading to your windows.
Things to think about:
- Look for devices that will provide adequate shade—especially to windows that face south or west since they let in the most heat in summer months.
- Shading the outside of your windows is more effective at blocking heat than using indoor shades or drapes. Consider shading your home with shutters, awnings or exterior blinds.
- Light-colored drapes and shades reflect the sun's energy, while darker ones absorb it and release heat.
- Remote control blinds are available for hard-to-reach windows.
Good to know: Remember that you'll want any exterior shading to be removable during the winter months, when sunlight can help heat your home's interior.