With summer temperatures routinely exceeding 100 degrees, it’s hot outside in Texas. So how do you keep that summer heat from sneaking into your house? A good start is to close your curtains. Better yet, install specialized energy efficient curtains and keep them closed during the day to keep your home cooler and your energy bill as low as possible.
Energy efficient curtains look like normal curtains, but are lined with a special fabric that insulates your windows. These curtains are heavier than traditional ones and they usually come with a rod that allows them to hang closer to the window. While energy efficient curtains are generally more expensive, it’s typically more durable and will save you a lot of money on heating and cooling costs.
Since most Texas homes are in especially hot areas, be sure to buy light colored curtains, because they will do a better job of reflecting the sunlight before it ever reaches the inside of your home. If you can, keep the curtains closed in the warmest parts of your house all day long, even when the sun isn’t coming in at night. Even though the sun isn’t shining, the air in Texas is usually warmer than the inside of your home at night and the curtains will help to keep that air out.
According to the Department of Energy, energy efficient curtains can reduce a home’s heat intake by 33 percent. Adding energy efficient curtains to your windows can have the same effect as installing brand new energy efficient windows. For a fraction of the cost of new windows, your curtains can create the same R Value and achieve the same results.
In addition to keeping your home cooler in the summer, energy efficient curtains also keep your home warmer in the winter. Keep your curtains open during the day but close them at night to keep the warm air from escaping through your windows. If you live in a noisy neighborhood, energy efficient curtains will also help to reduce noise. The same barrier that reflects sunlight can also block up to 40 percent of the noise. All of that in just one purchase!
Look for energy efficient, insulated, or blackout curtains while shopping at most stores that carry traditional curtains. Floor to ceiling curtains work best, because they form a more complete barrier. Energy efficient curtains are going to be heavier than your existing curtains, so be sure you use a rod that can hold them up.
And finally, even if you don’t want to invest in energy efficient curtains, you can still save money during the summer by keeping your blinds and curtains closed during the day. The excess heat that penetrates your windows will cause your home to heat faster than it should, causing your air conditioner to run more than it needs to. Simple tips like keeping your blinds and curtains closed during the day can add up to a lot of money saved during the brutal Texas summer.