With the summer months fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how to keep your home cool and comfortable. One item that often gets overlooked in summer preparations is the humble window. But well-prepared windows can be a highly effective way to manage your indoor climate. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to prepare your windows for the coming heat.


Tip 1: Check Weather Stripping and Insulation

Old or damaged weather stripping around windows can allow cool air to escape and hot air to sneak in. It’s a good idea to check the weather stripping on all your windows as part of your regular summer preparations. Look for cracks, peeling, or any areas where the seal seems to be weakened.

Similarly, the insulation in the areas around windows can degrade over time. Make sure that the gaps are filled and the insulation is in good shape. If they’re not, foam insulation can be a quick, inexpensive DIY way to seal these areas.


Tip 2: Make Some Shade

One of the simplest and most effective ways to manage the heat coming through your windows is with window treatments. Curtains, blinds, and shades provide an important layer of protection against the sun’s rays. Choosing light, reflective colors can help to keep the heat out. Consider keeping these treatments closed during the hottest parts of the day to avoid turning your home into a sauna.


Tip 3: Install Exterior Window Coverings

If you want to go a step further than shades and curtains, consider installing exterior window coverings like awnings or overhangs. These can significantly reduce the amount of heat that enters through your windows, since they block the sun before it has a chance to heat up the glass. Exterior coverings can also provide a stylish accent to your windows, and some can even be removed seasonally if you prefer.


Tip 4: Use Natural Ventilation to Keep Cool

Natural ventilation is a fantastic way to keep your home cool without relying on air conditioning. Evening and early morning breezes are often cooler, and opening your windows to allow this air to flow through can help to reduce the indoor temperature. This works really well if you create cross-ventilation by opening windows on opposite sides of your home.


Tip 5: For Long-Term Benefits, Consider Window Replacement

If your windows are old or in bad condition, you might want to consider window replacement. New windows can be much more energy efficient than older models. And even though window replacement is a larger upfront investment, it can provide long-term energy savings and improved comfort for your home.


Beat the Summer Heat

Making sure your windows are properly prepared for the heat helps to keep your home cool – and it can also save you money on your energy bills.

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Disclaimer: Our blog offers general information only; it isn’t an endorsement of specific actions. Please consult professionals and consider your situation before making decisions. D&W Windows is not responsible for any outcomes resulting from the advice provided.