Believe it or not, the color of your drapes can save you money this summer.
According to Energy.gov, medium-colored drapes can save you up to 33% on your monthly energy bills.
In this blog, we’ll share what qualifies as a “medium” color and how this color of drape can help reduce your energy consumption.
How medium-colored drapes can reduce your energy bill
First things first: when we say “medium-colored,” we’re referring to the following colors:
- Any “light” version of a color (light blue, light green, etc.)
Why do medium-colored drapes work best?
Medium-colored drapes reflect heat; dark colors absorb it. When you keep medium-colored drapes closed on a hot day, they will block direct sunlight, which keeps heat out of your home.
By reducing the amount of heat entering your home, your AC won’t have to run as long, which cuts down your utility bill.
Tips for choosing summer drapes
In addition to color, you’ll also want to consider the following factors when choosing summer drapes:
- Fabric type: Closed-weaved fabrics, like cotton or velvet, insulate heat well.
- Thread count: Drapes with higher thread count will be better at keeping heat and light outside of the room.
- Layers: Adding layers to your drapes helps to keep heat out. Energy.gov recommends pairing your medium-colored drapes with white-plastic backings for the highest energy savings.
Installing the right drapes can help you decrease summer energy bills, but drapes can only do so much. Below, we’ll discuss the most effective way to keep your cooling bills low this summer…
Don’t forget the best way to keep your AC bills low
The best way to keep your AC bills low is to have a technician maintain your AC system.
Even if you have the perfect summer drapes, if your AC hasn’t been maintained, you’ll still face higher energy bills.
Why? Think of getting AC maintenance like taking your car in for an oil change. When you change the oil in your car, its performance increases, and you get better gas mileage.
The same idea applies to an AC tune-up. Getting a tune-up ensures your AC will run smoothly at its highest capacity, which will minimize the energy it uses to cool your home.
In addition to lowering your energy bill during the summer, AC maintenance also prevents breakdowns and keeps your AC warranty valid.
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