If you’ve lived in Arizona long enough, you’ve probably burned your hand on a steering wheel, scorched your feet on the sidewalk, or sweltered in your home at some point. While the windows are a prized characteristic of your home, they can be a burden in the summertime when sunlight comes pouring in.
While you can always just put cardboard up in your windows to block out the sun, it’s not exactly a welcoming or aesthetic choice. Making the investment in window coverings can reduce your energy costs, thus improving the state of your HVAC system. There are also several different kinds of shades which come in a variety of colors, textures, and prices.
Let’s start with the basics: Drapes. Besides adding a dramatic splash of color to a room, and providing a top choice spot for hide-and-seek, fabric can make quite a difference. The key in getting the right kind of drapes for the Arizona sun is to make sure they have a lining or interline and are large enough to cover all the corners of the window.
The downside to drapes is that they don’t allow much if any light through when they are closed. If you’re looking for something that still provides light, you may want to opt for plantation or honeycomb shades. These coverings offer protection while also keeping the house bright until evening. There are several versions of both treatments, which can be custom-fitted by a professional or purchased at your local hardware store and installed yourself.
If you’re still looking for options, have you ever heard of window film? These plastic sheets fit over your window to block heat from coming in while also protecting your home against damaging UV rays. Some brands offer more sun and glare protection than others, so be sure to read and discern which kind is best for you.
If you still are having issues with keeping your home cool, give the Mesa AC repair experts at Weather Masters a call today at (480) 832-9659 .