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I'm glad you stopped by my website. I am Rafael Singleton. I always felt that there wasn't enough information available for those who would like to do a little renovation or those who would like to engage in their own construction projects. There is a lot of information that would be helpful for a professional construction contractor, but I always had a difficult time navigating the resources out there as a layman. I'm the type who always likes to take the initiative to get something done if I notice nobody else stepping up to the plate, so I decided to create this website focused on construction.


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Three Ways To Improve AC Function

by Dawn Henry

Cooling bills can absorb a disproportionate amount of your summer budget. If you want to free up your budget for other expenses, one of the best places to start is by improving the function of your AC system. You do not have to have a degree in thermodynamics or pass a course on HVAC repair in order to take some steps in your home to improve the function of your AC unit. 

Use Thermal Curtains

Thermal curtains are used to prevent the sun from heating up the interior surfaces of your home during the summer and to keep heat from escaping your home during the winter. A good thermal curtain will have a layer of insulation as well as a layer of reflective film. The insulation will help to prevent the transfer of heat, and the reflective film will help to isolate the outside environment from the inside environment. The drawback to using curtains is that you have to close them during the summer to keep the heat out, which will interfere with your view of the outside world. While they can work, they are not the only option. 

Use Awnings

Awnings come in several different shapes and sizes. Some awnings are made from a metal frame with a fabric covering. Other awnings are made from wood. The material your awning is made from will have an important impact on the look of your house, but the shape of your awning can shade your windows from the sun's rays and help to keep your home cool. They will, however, do nothing to protect your home during the winter. 

Use Window Film

Window film will reflect heat the sun's rays back to the outside world during the summer and reflect your furnace's heat back into your home during the summer, and it can do all of this without encumbering the walls of your home as awnings will or blocking off your view of the outside world as curtains will. In fact, window film can save you up to 23% on your cooling costs and 25% on your heating costs. 

While any of the options described above will help to improve the energy efficiency of your home, the best option is to use window film since it will have the most significant impact on your energy costs. On the other hand, using curtains or awnings in conjunction with window film can increase the benefit you receive, so it is a good idea to double up when you can.

For more information about cutting down on energy costs, contact a local company like Cleveland Plumbing & Heating Inc.