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home interior living room large windows alberto castillo q mx4mSkK9zeo unsplashAre you noticing that your house feels uncomfortably warm, even with the AC on? Your windows might be the culprit. According to the Department of Energy, about 76% of the sunlight that falls on your windows during the summer will enter your home as heat. If your windows don’t protect well against heat, your HVAC unit may struggle to keep your home cool and drive up your air conditioning bill. Luckily, there’s an easy solution – installing heat efficiency windows and solar control film.

Heat efficiency windows are specifically designed to block sunlight and prevent heat gain. When selecting heat efficiency windows, the Department of Energy recommends windows with ENERGY STAR labels, low-emissivity coatings and a low solar heat gain coefficient. While you’re shopping, it’s important to keep in mind that heat efficiency windows are typically more expensive than standard windows.

If you don’t have the budget for heat efficiency windows, installing solar control film is a more affordable option. Solar control film will protect your windows against heat from sunlight and ultraviolet rays. There are many different types of film, but most are transparent and can be applied in half an hour or less. You can purchase solar control film online or at your local hardware store.