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Window coverings allow you to maximize HVAC cooling efficiency without ever touching the thermostat. Always look at the product’s specifications when shopping for window coverings to see how they affect your home’s temperature. Some improve heating efficiency while others include design specifications to keep your Eastman, Georgia, home cooler. Read on to learn more about the best window coverings for maximizing HVAC cooling efficiency.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades use cell pockets shaped like honeycombs to trap air. Many retailers sell them as honeycomb shades. You can buy them in a wide range of colors and kid-safe cordless options. We recommend using triple layer and outside-mounted cellular shades. As a result, you’ll maximize energy savings.

Draperies

Fabric type and color influence the effectiveness of using drapes to increase cooling efficiency. Medium-colored drapes that feature a white backing work best for reducing heat gain. You can enhance the effectiveness of drapes by pairing them with a thermal lining. To further reduce heat gain, seal the drapes at the sides and make sure they overlap one another in the middle by using fasteners.

Indoor Shutters

Finally, shutters maximize energy efficiency by trapping excess air between the glass and shutter and preventing sunlight from entering your home. Since shutters reduce the interior temperature, the AC system doesn’t have to work so hard to keep your home cool. This reduces wear and tear on the air conditioner. As a result, you experience fewer repairs and replacements. It also lowers your cooling costs.

Plantation shutters provide the tightest fit against windows and are generally the thickest type of shutter available. Exterior shutters work best at keeping UV rays from entering through the windows. We recommend pairing them with drapes or cellular shades to achieve optimal cooling efficiency with shutters. Layering window treatments improve indoor comfort, increases cooling efficiency and adds curb appeal to your home.

Want to learn more ways to maximize HVAC cooling efficiency this summer? Contact Pruett Air Conditioning today at 478-298-4115 to speak with an expert service technician.

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