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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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Curt Lauwers
Curt Lauwers
01:20 29 Jul 21
Simon Peterson was my service technician. Very impressive young man. He explained everything first, did the work and gave me suggestions of what I could do in the future to extend the life of my unit. No high pressure, no bs. I highly recommend Hobaica and Simon for A/C repairs.
Ellen Battilana
Ellen Battilana
00:36 28 Jul 21
Loved the Hobaica service! Steven A. was the technician and I can't say enough great things about him. Called when he was on the way to my house (on-time as promised), very friendly, polite and explained exactly what happened and what he was doing to fix it. Super customer service!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND this family owned, local business.
ardy rinki
ardy rinki
00:17 28 Jul 21
Very good service providedVery punctual and completed the work in a timely mannerExplained the work that needed to be done and did a very good job fixing the problemVery good service in overall
Roger Freeman
Roger Freeman
22:05 27 Jul 21
Ryan performed the work on time with great efficiency.
Sita Cooney
Sita Cooney
18:58 27 Jul 21
Gave clear and concise information about my AC problems; gave solutions at various costs & warranties, and was professional and courteous throughout the exchange. I didn’t feel pressured and I feel very confident as a long-time customer.
Barbara Everst
Barbara Everst
13:38 27 Jul 21
Great service, on time and friendly. I love the peace of mind from the regular maintenance for my air conditioner and will ask for Tom again next time
Lou Stahl
Lou Stahl
19:22 26 Jul 21
I had a leaky faucet and, because our regular plumber was out of town, called Hobaica because they have serviced our AC/heating units for years and I knew I could trust them to do plumbing work, too. Ryan Waters came over in just a couple of hours and quickly diagnosed and fixed the problem. I would recommend him to anybody who needs an honest and efficient plumber.
Mark Rafferty
Mark Rafferty
17:53 26 Jul 21
Melissa in scheduling was FANTASTIC! She was very knowledgable and experience on how to get your Technicians out to our house that had no AC! Melissa and Hobaica are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!Your Technician Jacey M was FANTASTIC! Very knowledgeable about the issues at hand and how to fix properly. He and Hobaica are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. A+++
Ronald Rhoades
Ronald Rhoades
09:02 26 Jul 21
I quote Rev Rick Lewis at his request to relay the following information:I want to thank Scott Dale and Hobaica for outstanding service on my ac repair. Scott was veryProfessional,knowledgeable and pleasant. The job was completed in a very timely fashion and IAm very happy to commend both Scott and Hobaica, Thank you! Rick Lewis, Phx AzI Ronald Rhoades did have similar AC problem that Scott Dale fixed on short notice on a hot 115 deg.day and referred him to Rev Lewis when he called me about his AC outage. Thanks again to Scott and Hobaica service!

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