When it comes to heating and cooling your Ottawa home, finding efficiencies to lower energy usage can go a long way in reducing your home’s carbon footprint. One way to find efficiencies is with window coverings and awnings.
Windows create a lot of light and make small space seem larger, but if there isn’t anything to block out the sun, you could be increasing your energy bills without realizing it. Here’s how awnings and window coverings can help boost energy efficiency in your Ottawa home.
Insulation in the Winter
We all know that Ottawa can get some brutal winters, and we want to make sure we keep our homes as warm as possible during those cold nights. Having window coverings can help to act as insulation to prevent heat from escaping your home, and keep the rooms warmer overall.
Opening your window coverings can help use solar energy to warm a room during those sunny winter days. However, once the sun goes down, or if it’s a cloudy day, you can keep them closed to reduce heat leakage.
Reducing Heat During the Summer
Ottawa sees a lot of hot days during the summer, and you want to make sure all the work your AC is doing is not going to waste. Otherwise, you’re tossing money out your windows!
During those hot summer days, make sure your window coverings are closed so that you are keeping the cool air in. This means your AC won’t have to work as hard, your home will stay at a much more even temperature, and you won’t be paying for sky-high utility bills.
Adding an awning to your home will also boost energy efficiency. In addition to giving you protection from the sun as you enjoy your outdoor space, awnings can help prevent excess heat from entering your home – which means your AC won’t have to work as hard.
Don’t Compromise Style for Efficiency
There are so many options for window coverings and awnings that you’ll be able to find something you like. You don’t have to sacrifice getting something to go with the style or look of your home just so that you can have a more efficient home.
Automating Your Home
Does the sun hit a particular part of your home at a specific time, but you are not always home at that time of day?
No worries – many awnings, shades, and shutters come with automated features so that right before the sun hits that part of your home, the window coverings will close and trap all the heat inside your home. You can have them timed or connected to an app on your smartphone so that you can control what happens and when.
Contact Jans Awnings Today
Would you like to boost your Ottawa home’s efficiency with a new awning or window coverings? If so, give us a call today to speak to a member of our team.