Bob Vila Radio: Cool Windows

There are lots of ways to shade your windows from the sun, and if they seem a little old-fashioned, it’s because they worked even before there was air conditioning.

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Listen to BOB VILA ON COOL WINDOWS, or read text below:

“There are lots of ways to shade your windows from the sun, and if they seem a little old-fashioned, it’s because they worked even before there was air conditioning.

Awnings can actually reduce summer heat gain by up to three-quarters, and you can remove them in winter to let the sunlight in when you need it. Light-colored awnings are best because they deflect more heat. Large roof overhangs and porches, shutters and louvers are all pretty standard on old southern homes, for a reason: when the sun is high, it doesn’t get into the house.

Solar screens are a more modern option. Installed outdoors, they can cut heat gain in half, and you can still enjoy the view.

Drapes and blinds aren’t quite as effective as the outdoor methods, but will control some heat gain just by keeping out direct sunlight. Again, lighter colors are most effective.

If you’re replacing your windows, low-E, or low-emissivity glass coating can keep heat where you want it and keep your costs down year-round.

Get more info at BobVila.com… and right here at home with me, Bob Vila!”

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day. 

For more on inspecting your windows, consider:

Go Beyond Blinds and Curtains
Quick Tip: Windows Can Beat the Summer Heat
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