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Staying Cool At Home While Saving On Energy Costs

Imperial, California (NAPSI) - Before summer kicks into high gear, consider converting your  home into an eco-friendly and energy-saving one.

An excellent place to start  is with your window coverings. Cooling your house with cellular shades, solar  screens or window film provides a multitude of benefits that can not only  save you money, but create a more enjoyable home environment as well.

Studies have shown that the largest portion of a home’s energy bill  comes from the heating and cooling of its interior. While many families are not  in a position to make costly energy-efficient updates to their  air-conditioning systems, installing window treatments that help regulate  internal temperatures is the next best thing.

Cellular Shades

Few window coverings can provide better insulation than cellular shades.  Because of their double-cell design, they help keep air from entering and/or  escaping. As a result, your home will be cooler in the summer and warmer in  the winter. This can lead to energy bill savings of up to 30 percent.  Cellular shades come in various transparencies to help you create the ideal  privacy and lighting levels.

Solar Screens

Solar screens are a summertime necessity. They effectively block the sun’s  rays while allowing cool breezes through on hot days. If used throughout the  home, solar screens can lower interior temperatures by as much as 10 degrees,  reducing dependency on air-conditioning systems. Retractable screens are also  available, which allow you to open your view at any time. This makes them  ideal for porches and patios.

Window Film

Many homeowners have beautiful views that they would like to preserve.  This makes it difficult to find the right window treatment. Window film is an  excellent solution. Window film blocks over 80 percent of the sun’s UV  rays while providing an unobstructed view of the outside. It also reduces  solar heat gain while protecting your interiors from the sun.

Summertime is the perfect season to enjoy get-togethers with friends and  family, and choosing the right window coverings can help you celebrate in  comfort and style while reducing your energy costs. Budget Blinds has a wide  selection of energy-efficient window coverings available to help keep your  home cool in the summer. The company provides free in-home consultations and  complete measuring and installation services. For more information, visit www.budgetblinds.com.