Weâ€™re in the middle of a long hot New Mexico summer and itâ€™s hard not to keep that AC going full blast.Â The ongoing debate is whether or not to shut your windows and blinds when youâ€™re not home to keep hot air out, or to have them open.Â What achieves a cooler house?Â Well, it depends.
If your house is decently insulated, then keep windows and blinds closed when the sun is shining.Â If youâ€™re going to open them, do it at night.Â Specifically, keep the windows closed when the outside temperature is hotter than the inside, and open the windows when itâ€™s cooler outside than inside.Â If this doesnâ€™t work, then you may have some work to do on making your home better insulated.Â Having new replacement windows installed is one of the most cost-effective and easy ways to insulate your home.
Donâ€™t be fooled by a breeze!Â Opening the windows on a breezy day may feel like youâ€™re cooling off your house but thatâ€™s not the case.Â While the breeze feels nice, youâ€™re actually letting a ton of hotter air into your home.Â The best strategy is to close the windows to keep the cool air inside, and use a fan to move the air around.
Open windows, of course, can bring security concerns so youâ€™ll need to think about which windows are safe to leave open in the evening.Â Despite the logic of closing the windows thereâ€™s always reasons we donâ€™t want to follow along; the cat likes the sunshine, itâ€™s so dark in here!, I need to see my view, itâ€™s summer and I want to embrace the heat!Â Stay strong!Â Youâ€™ll save money and energy by closing the windows.
New energy efficient windows have features like insulated glass units that include a Low-E coating and Argon gas fill between the two panes.Â Both of those features drastically cut down the amount of heat your windows conduct.Â If youâ€™re gaining a lot of summer heat, you may think about replacing your old windows.Â At Glass-rite weâ€™re used to our summers and are happy to provide a free, no-hassle, in-home estimate for new windows that are built right here in New Mexico.Â Call us!