The Fault in Your Home: Why Your Energy Bill is Up the Stars

“There is no shortage of fault to be found amid our stars.”

This famous line is from the popular John Green novel “The Fault in Our Stars,” which was recently turned into a movie starring Shailene Woodley and actor Ansel Elgort. And whether it’s in romance or living at home, we indeed are bound to run into problems. Nothing in life is faultless!

For instance, you may be living in your dream home but you often have to deal with your costly utilities. What are the causes of your high energy consumption in the first place? Here are some “faults” you may find in your home, and what you can do about them:

Uncontrolled Heat Gain

This can increase the temperature in your home especially during summer. When heat accumulates, your air conditioning unit will have to work harder to achieve a comfortable temperature.

To avoid excessive energy use, think about installing highly reflective blinds in Washington D.C. According to energy.gov, doing so can decrease heat gain by about 45%; helping you control the indoor temperature better. Furthermore, you can adjust the slats to block direct sunlight. If you have a light-colored ceiling, you can use the slats to direct the sunrays towards it to diffuse light effectively without too much heat.

Undetected Air Leaks

Like uncontrolled heat gain, air leaks can make your HVAC work harder, as gaps or cracks in windows allow heat to escape and moisture to get through. Create a sealed air space by mounting the shades as close as possible to the glass. For improved energy efficiency, energy.gov suggests using dual shades. Use dark, heat absorbing material on one side, and light, highly reflective fabric on the other side.

Uncontrolled Heat Loss

Uncontrolled heat loss can also increase your energy consumption, especially during winter. Exterior and interior shutters can help reduce this. These windows treatments serve as an upgrade to help your insulation system, as they offer another layer of security, and protect your property from varying weather conditions.

Your house may not be perfect but it doesn’t mean it can’t be better. You don’t have to sacrifice comfort to reduce your power consumption. Find out what the problem is and install shutters, shades, or blinds in Washington DC. Get in touch with us at Beltway Blinds to learn more about energy usage and your window treatment options.

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