Custom Window Treatments can keep you cool in the summer

As summer starts to approach and the temperatures promise to soar even higher this year than the year before, many homeowners will be looking for ways to keep their homes cool while not breaking their bank accounts. While the natural solution for many people is to crank up their air conditioning units and hunker down in their cool basements until the worst of it is over, that is not always a feasible option for some people that may not have the financial means to invest in central air or a lower level to retreat to when the temperature gets too high. There are still many ways for a tenant or homeowner to reduce the temperature in their living space while saving money. Some of these options are simple, such as installing custom window drapes that are designed to keep out the sun, and others are more in depth.  Here are the top ways to keep your home cool in the hot hot summer time on a budget:

1. Insulate your attic. If you are a homeowner, then you should check the quality of your insulation and look into having it updated. As insulation ages, it becomes more compact and less effective at keeping cool air from seeping out or keeping the hot air out of the home. The technology of insulation has come a long way, so if it has been a while since you had your insulation installed, then it may be time to update it.

2. Keep the sun out. The best way to keep a room from heating up in the summer time is to keep the sun from getting into the room in the first place! Custom window shades are your best bet for protecting a room from the sun’s rays. Many window shades are designed to insulate and protect the room from the sun. This will keep the room at a lower temperature for a longer period of time before you have to turn on the air conditioner or the fan.

3. Limit the use of your appliances. Try to reduce the use of your stove and oven and opt of cold dinners instead. Only run your dishwasher at night and limit the use of your dryer for night time or when you know that you will be out of the home.

4. Use a programable thermostat. The best way to utilize your air conditioning without completely blowing up your savings account is to use a programable thermostat. This will help you to maximize the use of your air conditioning at times when it is really needed and turn off when it is not needed. If you do not have a central air conditioning unit, then you want to keep the windows and custom window shades closed during the day, and then open up all of your windows and shades in the evenings to get the cool air circulating back into the home. When you wake up in the morning, make sure that you close up your windows and shades before you leave the house for the day.

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