Close your shades in the summer
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:
- South- and west-facing windows let in the most heat during the summer months, so concentrate your shading efforts in these areas.
- As the day progresses, adjust your blinds as the sun moves from one side of your home to the other.
- Up to 50% of the heat coming into your home in the summer comes through the windows.