Tips to Protect your Home from the Florida Heat
The summers in Florida are the most challenging times for you as well as for your home. When the same scorching heat outside that make it difficult to place your foot outside the door enters your rooms, it just makes the temperature unbearable.
You’ll be surprised to know that about one-third of total heat transfer at your home is through your windows. This means that one-third of the heat that enters your rooms is through your glass windows. That’s why having highly insulated windows in your home becomes essential in order to have a stable room temperature and better energy efficiency indoors.
If you are looking for the best window ideas, or tips to keep your homes cooler during summers, you are at the right place. Here are our top 5 tips and tricks to protect your homes from Florida heat and maintain a cooler environment inside your home -
1. Low-E Glass
The first thing that you should do is check the material and the glass used in your windows.
The best option to reduce the heat transfer through glass windows is to use Low-E glass, i.e., low emissive glass. This type of glass contains come special coatings that block those hot UV and infrared rays and let the white light pass through.
2. Double/Triple Pane or Impact Resistance Glass
The next thing that you can install in your home is double or triple-pane glass windows. The space between the two panes of a double-pane window has extremely insulated argon glass and thus, blocks the unwanted heat transfer.
Impact-resistant glass is another smart choice. It not only blocks UV rays and heat transmission but also protects your home from havoc-raising winds or hurricanes.
3. Shade your windows from Outside
A simple way to reduce the heat entering inside your rooms is to provide some sort of shade or covering to your windows.
One thing that you should always keep in mind to keep your rooms cooler is to plant trees next to your windows. They will provide natural shade and shield your windows from direct sunlight.
For planting trees, consult a professional who would help you get trees that are great for providing shade. Pant them in the area that receives maximum direct sunlight. This will reduce the overall warming of your window panes and keep the area cooler.
Next, you can also go for some external window treatments like window shutters, awning and solar window screens.
4. Block Sunlight from Inside
Another age-old formula to protect your rooms from the burning heat coming from windows is to cover the inside. People have been using curtains for blocking summer sunlight and keeping the rooms cool for generations; you can also do the same.
Select thick neutral curtains or blinds to block sunlight from entering your rooms in order to reduce undesired heating.
5. Replace your Windows
If you are living in an old house and facing energy efficiency issues, we would recommend that you replace your old windows. It will help your home in two ways - first, it will reduce the heat transmission, and secondly, it will increase the value of your home.
Install the best quality impact windows, double pane windows, or Low-E glass windows and you will feel their magical effects in the next summers. These windows would keep your homes cooler than ever and stay strong for years.
We hope that our tips have helped you and that you are ready to face next summer with efficient windows.
One last thing that we would suggest is getting any renovation or replacement work done before the summer season. If you have any questions related to windows feel free to reach out to Door Depot of SW Florida at (941) 412-1883.