Windows without shades or blinds over them can be a nuisance when you want to take a nap or watch your favorite movie without the glare of the sun getting in the way. But, if they are old and inefficient, they might actually be costing you money by making it harder for your HVAC system to regulate the home’s temperature. In fact, “your house is probably robbing you blind, and you don’t even know it,” posits Matt DiLallo.
Generally, homeowners think that the only way to improve efficiency is to install entirely new windows, but that is not always the case. There are a couple of different options homeowners can use to improve how their windows function and cut down on utility bills.
Window inserts are a good choice because they are effective and easy to install. Essentially, inserts are like storm windows with the biggest difference being that they are installed on the inside of your home. They come in all kinds of colors to fit most any unique interior design and blackout inserts can be used for a bit of extra privacy or to keep a room dark when you want to sleep in.
“This is an easy, low-cost project that doesn’t require a skilled hand,” notes Anita Alvarez. “Most DIYers can install the window inserts within a day or less. With the insert acting as a layer of insulation, you’ll save money on heating and cooling costs.”
Sturdy window treatments like blinds and shades will help homeowners keep the heat in during the cold winter months and prevent the sun from excessively warming up a home during the summer. As a result, they are a great investment and, over time, might end up saving homeowners money but reducing energy costs. The list of different choices is long, but finding the right window treatment will prove to be beneficial to every homeowner.
“Our home is robbing us blind. It is taking the air we paid to heat or cool down and literally throwing that money out the window,” says DiLallo. “However, by adding energy-efficient window treatments, we can add an inexpensive upgrade that can stop this waste and save a lot of money over the long term.”
Many homeowners don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their windows, especially if they aren’t woken up by the sun shining into their eyes every morning. However, doing so is a good idea if you want to make your home comfortable and save money.