How to Keep Rooms with Windows Cool in the Summer

Large windows in a room can be wonderful for the view, the cheery light and fresh air. Unfortunately, they also bring in a great deal of heat. If you have a room that faces east or west, a large expanse of glass can let in a great deal of sunlight and the heat that it can bring. You’ll pay far more for air-conditioning than you would in the same room if it had a small window. If you’re tired of constantly shelling out for air-conditioning, you need to look into ways of keeping the sun from getting in.

Use drapes

Drapes are one of the most cost-effective solutions possible for the problem of excessive heat through windows. It’s possible to either choose heavy drapes, or to find lacy stuff that does nearly as good a job, while letting light in. The problem with drapes, however, is that they only act once heat from outside is already in.

Outdoor shades or awnings

The best thing about awnings is that they keep the sun and its heat outside. Unlike with drapes, awnings make sure that heat from direct sunshine doesn’t enter the room in the first place. While outdoor blinds may work, awnings are the better idea. They do not darken windows. With awnings, it’s possible to have plenty of light, and still not have any actual sunshine enter the room to heat it up.

Solar film applications

Low-emissivity solar film applications are like sunscreen. The best ones, however, are selectively reflective, allowing plenty of light in, but little heat or UV. The downside to solar film is that it can darken windows, even in winter.

Use foliage

Whether it’s a tree right outside each window or beautiful Virginia creepers all over your walls, plants cool homes dramatically. While trees can take a long time growing, vines grow and spread very quickly.

The most obvious solution

Replacement windows come with improved technologies. While they can be expensive, the benefits can be significant. From greater comfort to low-maintenance performance and energy savings, they allow homeowners to keep their bright, cheery windows, and still stay cool.

Consider uPVC Windows if You’re Building or Renovating

If you’re considering whether or not to get uPVC windows, here’s a look at how they can benefit your home.

Low Maintenance

uPVC window frames do not need to be sealed or painted, which can significantly reduce the amount of maintenance required over their lifetime, and they can be quickly and easily cleaned with water and detergent.

Openable Turn and Tilt

uPVC windows can be opened in two directions which means you can take advantage of natural cross ventilation.

Thermal Comfort

Regarding materials, uPVC is non-conductive, which means that when it is used in window frames, it will not transfer heat and thus offers a more reliable internal temperature for your home or building. Double glazing uPVC windows are a highly efficient energy choice.

The material is sensitive to oxidative degradation, but thanks to technological advances, this problem has been addressed by adding anti-oxidants and various other stabilisers. Most uPVC is white to reflect UV rays and reduce the buildup of heat.

Durable and Tough

uPVC has proven to be a highly durable material that is frequently used in sewer pipes. The material will not rot or corrode.

Acoustic Insulation

Double-glazed windows and doors made with uPVC can cut down noise by as much as 70 percent.

Bushfire Performance

These unique windows can be installed in Australian areas where risk is marked as Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) 29kW/m2. Some are able to withstand a BAL of 40 kW/m2.

Resistant to Salt Erosion

uPVC is resistant to corrosion that is caused by salt-laden air, so these doors and windows are the ideal choices for coastal properties.

Recyclable

uPVC can be recycled up to ten times. Most of the doors and windows are recycled at the end of their usefulness and Australian industry programs have committed to keeping the material out of landfills and recycling it into new products.

High Security

uPVC windows tend to incorporate multi-locking systems which provide a great deal of security for homes and businesses. Most locking systems are able to lock at multiple points around the frame and sash.

Aesthetics

Thanks to laminates, colour stabilisers, and the ability to spray the frame of uPVC windows, almost any colour and texture are possible. This is a significant advantage for older houses to which an extension is being added and for people who want the frames to match the rest of the home.

Soundproofing and Water Tightness

uPVC units are typically fuse-welded around it, rendering it rain, wind, and sound sealed, unlike wood and aluminium which are mitre joined around the corners. The mitre joints tend to be areas of weakness as the sections of the frames move to accommodate climate expansion, contraction, and wind loads. Since wood tends to swell and warp over time, reduced energy efficiency and air infiltration occur.

Overall, uPVC windows and doors are more weather-resistant, more cost-effective and require very little upkeep as opposed to other options. They can be designed to match older homes and are a convenient and secure option for your property.