Close your shades in the summer

Why? Sunlight passing through windows heats your home and makes your air conditioner work harder. You can block this heat by keeping blinds or drapes closed on sunny days.
Things to think about:

  • Windows that face south or west let in the most heat during the summer months, so concentrate your shading efforts in these areas.
  • Light-colored or white-lined shades, drapes, or blinds are most effective at reflecting sunlight.
  • As the day progresses, adjust your blinds as the sun moves from one side of your home to the other.

Go the extra mile: Consider installing shade screens, awnings, or window film to prevent solar heat gain even more effectively.

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