When it comes to cutting down on our carbon footprint and monthly utility costs, it’s no wonder that windows have taken center stage. Large windows and doors are particularly beloved here in Colorado Springs.

Up to 40% of your home’s heating energy can be lost via your windows in the winter, according to a study from the Colorado Energy Office. In the summer, open windows and doors may let in up to 87% of the heat your home receives. Heat gain through an open window can be as much as 100 times more than that through an open, uninsulated wall in the same place.

We owe a lot to our country’s legendary warmth and sunny disposition.

However, the heat and UV rays of our southern sun do not have to be a part of bringing the outdoors in. Here are some of the methods we’ve found to make your house work for you rather than against you as we go on.

We’ve come up with a few suggestions of our own.

1. Make sure your home’s exterior is well-shaded.

Trees around your streets may be too young to provide much-needed summer shade if you live in a freshly constructed region. In order to make your home more efficient for cooling, shade as many hard surfaces as possible around it. 90 percent more efficient cooling may be achieved by planting trees, shrubs or vines in strategic locations around the residence.

An awning or a set of shutters can be used to create man-made’ shade.

Consider where you want to put your windows. Select deciduous or detachable choices (in the case of trees or vegetation) for windows that receive direct sunshine in order to maximize your heating efficiency in the winter.

2. Make sure there is no air movement near the windows.

An excellent advice if you live in a climate where air conditioners are your only choice for cooling down is to make sure your windows are completely sealed. In the cold, this will assist reduce heat loss.

In order to keep the cold air inside your home from escaping into the Great Outdoors, you can use caulking or weather stripping, which is a rather simple method.

Using energy efficient shades is another approach to keep the air from escaping. In order to create a more pleasant climate in the room, honeycomb blinds contain a double layer of cells that trap cold air on one side while trapping heated air on the other, thereby inhibiting the passage of air. These energy-efficient blinds insulate your windows from the sun’s harmful rays.

3. Prevent Sunlight and Wind Drafts

This is when a re-design of your window coverings may be necessary.

Blinds, shutters, or curtains may be a good investment for your windows if they’re not already there! It’s a good idea to keep the sun’s rays out of your house during the summer months. It shields your flooring and furniture from damaging UV rays while also slowing down the rate at which your rooms heat up. If you live in a place where the weather might be extreme, it’s a good idea to double up on your window coverings. A simple blind may be used in the hotter months, but in the colder months, curtains can assist keep out both drafts and heat. Those energy-efficient blinds are also not to be forgotten about. For both summer and winter, they’ve been intended to be the least intrusive possible while yet delivering the performance you need.

If you don’t want to obscure the view at all, window film may be an alternative. To reduce glare, you have a wide range of window treatment solutions at your disposal.

Shutters may be a design element that has always appealed to you. Shutters, whether on the interior or exterior of your home, may significantly reduce your cooling and heating expenses. Remember to take into account the position of windows in relation to the winter and summer sun when selecting shutters, awning, and thick drapes.

Whatever you pick, the amount of money you’re willing to spend on a makeover is the deciding factor.

4. Consider the size and orientation of the windows.

The size of your windows and their placement in respect to the sun should be taken into account while you are building or remodeling your house, as well. In this scenario, a lot of factors need to be taken into account. The sun’s path through the sky during the seasons of summer and winter. Exactly how you will heat and cool your home based on where your house is located on your block and the course of the sun. If you’re planning a new construction or renovation in a region with more extreme seasonal changes, you might even want to consider installing double or triple glass. If you plan to stay in the same place for a long time, you’ll save a lot of money at the beginning.