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So, she wants to decorate and you are watching the budget.  Let her splurge on window treatments, on one condition, of course.  The window treatments must help keep the heat out during the summer.

Windows act much like the glass of a greenhouse to trap the sunlight streaming infrared energy into the house.  Once it is inside, the temperatures rise and the air conditioner must work to remove the heat.  Residents can use any method to effective shade the window to block the light and solar energy entering the window, thus reducing the load on the HVAC system and ultimately, the electric bill.  While blackout curtains are one option, few people want to bump around in their home with no outside lighting coming in.  There are many choices to reduce the infiltration of sunlight without affecting the room’s aesthetics or blocking your view out the window.

Roll-up shades are one of the oldest ways of blocking the incoming heat and light.  These basic devices, especially in white can reflect the incoming heat energy.  For best results, close the shades early in the day, before the direct sunlight strikes the window.

Awnings offer an island of shade created around windows to reduce solar heat transmission without blocking one’s view.  The addition of an awning over windows facing the sun can often reduce the heat gain by up to 45%.

Windows facing the sun on the south, east and west sides of the home can also benefit from draperies.  Choose light colors that reflect the heat instead of absorbing it.  Another option is to choose drapes that have a reflective backing.  Drapes should be closed early in the morning before the heat begins to accumulate in the room.

Solar screens are made of polyester material that is tightly woven and ultra-thin.  They are mounted outside the window in place of conventional screens.  From inside the home, they are almost invisible, but can absorb up to 80% of the energy produced by the sun, without blocking natural sunlight in the home.

Solar window films, applied to the glass, reflect only the wavelengths of the sun’s energy that produce heat.  They are available in lighter films that are more transparent and reflect some of the heat but allow most of the incoming light to enter, preserving the outdoor view.  A heavier option, offers a mirror like film that reflect nearly all the energy, but inhibits the light transmitted through the window and may block the view.

Do you have questions about your home’s energy usage? The comfort specialists at Hobaica Services are ready to help.  Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/hobaicaservices for regular updates, consumer information and general fun stuff for every Home Owner.

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Marc Jouandet
Marc Jouandet
01:27 07 May 21
Scott came by today to perform routine maintenance on our air conditioners. He discovered one of the capacitors to be failing & was able to replace it quickly & efficiently. Now I can get through the summer without worries. Thanks Scott!
Lynne Paxton
Lynne Paxton
00:00 07 May 21
Ryan Waters did a maintenance check on my AC and repaired a valve on my Mastercool evap. He is always pleasant to work with and did a good job. Thanks Ryan.
Steve Sachs
Steve Sachs
18:33 06 May 21
Travis was amazing! Very knowledgeable and thorough. He completed a service of my A/C unit and a warranty replacement of a failing capacitor. I highly recommend Hobaica for any electrical, HVAC, or plumbing work you need done. I have used them for years and they continue to impress.
Tatia Key
Tatia Key
00:56 06 May 21
Hobaica has been a real pleasure to work with, and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to replace their A/C. Andy made the selecting, purchasing and scheduling process extremely easy, explaining all our options and answering all our questions very clearly. Jorge performed the installation, and he was courteous, competent, efficient, professional, friendly, and helpful, a delight to have him working on/in my home.I am happy that Hobaica reached out to us for our 2-year inspection. A big thanks to Scott for making sure our unit is operating properly and efficiently.
Ellen Carter
Ellen Carter
23:58 05 May 21
5/5/21Ryan came today to service our air conditioning system and to flush our water heater. He is always courteous and professional. Our air-conditioner and water heater were in good condition.Thank you very much for GREAT SERVICE!
john ngo
john ngo
23:55 05 May 21
Danny Unglaub is a true professional. He came to my house on time and checked all parts of my air conditioning unit. He is very thorough. We will ask for him on our next appointment.
Joan Salvatierra
Joan Salvatierra
21:24 05 May 21
Mike serviced our a/c today. He was punctual, polite, pleasant and efficient. He was knowledgeable in explaining issues and answering my questions. He went out of his way to be helpful,
Hope Dymek
Hope Dymek
18:49 05 May 21
Scott was punctual, polite and professional. A thorough inspection of our HVAC systems was completed as well as installation of new capacitors. Hobaica was quick to schedule our maintenance request, and Scott was knowledgeable and efficient. Great value and great service!
anne feuerborn
anne feuerborn
23:56 04 May 21
Ryan was awesome. He was a trustworthy and diligent worker. My new water heater looks terrific!

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