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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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Michael Crivaro
Michael Crivaro
01:53 28 Oct 21
Hobaica comes out every 6 months to do an AC checkup. John was our technician this time and did a great, thorough job. He went above and beyond to make sure everything was running how it should be. They have always been great and hope to have John back the next time.
Ron Barre
Ron Barre
17:57 27 Oct 21
Annual maintenance of HVAC systems and upgrade my AC system with a little more protection from any future malfunction.
Joy Lewis
Joy Lewis
23:17 26 Oct 21
Ryan is by far the best Service Technician. He has been out several times and has done plumbing and AC repairs. Recommend Ryan and Hobaica for all of your home needs they do it all. Thanks Ryan!! Extremely impressed with Amer and Juan. They are thorough and gave me advice on taking better care of my unit by changing my filter more often, I did not know that. Asked about my carbon monoxide dector and I found out online it had been recalled, had Amer not mentioned the dector I would not have checked it out. They are very Iinformative about the services Hobaica offers. Can't say enough good about Hobaica, and Amer and Juan. I do recommend Hobaica to my friends.
ed mulrean
ed mulrean
22:48 26 Oct 21
John Miranda was wonderful. He wore a mask, as we do in our house, and wore shoe coverings when in the house. These may seem like small things but they demonstrate respect and professionalism. He gave our system a serious review and changes interior filters. I hope that the for our next seasonal service that Hobaica sends him out to us again.
Pat Dudley
Pat Dudley
15:49 26 Oct 21
I had Hobaica out for HVAC maintenance and duct cleaning. It was soon discovered my unit was limping along on its last leg and soon to bite the dust. Luckily it got me thru the summer. James came and helped us get a GREAT system that should keep us very comfortable in the future! Great service, very professional and courteous - all technicians who came out were also! You’ll spend a little bit of $ but as they say, you get what you pay for!!
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Elisa Armenta7ko7k7kk7ok7k
15:13 26 Oct 21
I had Ryan from Hobaica take care of a bathtub leak. He was veryefficient and precise with his work. I really appreciate his thoroughnesswith everything. I highly recommend Ryan. Thank you..
Nel Adja
Nel Adja
18:12 25 Oct 21
Binh is helpful and professional. He understands the concern and come up with solution. Will recommend Binh to anyone.
elizabeth zuniga
elizabeth zuniga
23:47 23 Oct 21
John Miranda went above and beyond. He was very thorough professional and explained everything thoroughly. I would recommend him to anyone that needs the AC looked at.
Sidney Sexson
Sidney Sexson
21:49 23 Oct 21
Service was good. Binh Tran is an excellent technician. He is very knowledgeable and explains what the issues are so you are confident in the service.

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