AC Temperature Tips for Homes With Big Windows

Published on: October 23, 2015
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Big windows mean lots of natural light and gorgeous views, but they also impact your HVAC system’s energy efficiency. The sunlight that streams through those windows contributes heat to your Georgia home, which makes your air conditioner work harder. To keep your home comfortable without breaking the bank, follow these tips.

Choose Window Treatments Carefully

You might not love the look of window blinds or shades, but window treatments help control the amount of heat gain in your home. Look for stylish but effective options, such as layered curtains and exterior overhangs. If you love a window treatment that doesn’t block much heat, consider installing reflective film on your windows or installing denser screens.

Select Double- or Triple-Paned Windows

Some windows block heat gain more efficiently than others. Double- and triple-paned windows have heat-blocking materials inserted between the layers. Not only do they help keep your home cool and comfortable, but they’re also stronger against damage, such as from a summer storm.

Close Draperies During the Heat of the Day

Maybe you love your view of the city at night, but you don’t need to see outside during the day. Close your draperies and other window treatments during times when your windows receive direct sunlight. When the sun’s direction changes, open them up and enjoy the view.

Keep Your HVAC System Maintained

An efficient, well-maintained HVAC system helps you stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter without increasing your power bills. Consider purchasing a maintenance plan from your HVAC contractor. A technician will visit your home once or twice a month to clean the system’s parts, lubricate the moving components, and conduct safety checks. If your AC needs to be recharged or if other maintenance is required, you can have it done on the spot.

Modern construction values big windows, but most homeowners don’t like big power bills. The above tips help you take advantage of your big windows, so get in touch with a local HVAC contractor through AC Southeast® to book an appointment.