Windows are an essential part of any home. They provide views, light, and security. However, they also can make heating and cooling efficiency a struggle. Though there have been many innovations to windows, they simply cannot provide much insulation. As a result, they are a burden to your bank account. The good news is, there are things you can do about it!

Awnings

  • An awning can shade the entire side of your home or business and reduce your solar heat gain by up to 70 percent. Modern awnings are made of materials that resist mildew and can stand up to fading. Depending on your needs, you  can get an awning that retracts, adjusts, or simply stays the same all year-round. Try to get light-colored awnings, because they will reflect the most light away from your windows.

Blinds

  • You’ll have to choose between interior and exterior blinds, because both can work. Blinds are perfect for windows in summer, because it’s easy to adjust the slats to get as much light and ventilation as you want. Additionally, a fully closed blind can reduce your heat gain by approximately 45 percent. In the best case, you’ll be able to direct daylight up onto a light-colored ceiling, which will diffuse the light without heating everything up.

Valley Mechanical is dedicated to keeping the commercial HVAC systems in San Jose running like they’re new. We know what it takes to stay cool in a California summer, and we consider it a privilege to keep homes and businesses comfortable for everyone who has to be inside them. Contact us today!