These days, we are all looking for ways to provide energy efficiency. This is not only to save on utility bills, but also to help the environment and keep comfortable. Window blinds and shades can help with it all. Several types of blinds and shades will make your home more energy-efficient as well as more comfortable than windows alone. Read on to find out more about these window treatments.
The Department of Energy estimates that 48% of the average household’s utility spending is on heating and cooling. A home can lose anywhere from 10% to 20% of its heat through windows during cold months. In warm months, heat intrusion through windows causes your air conditioner to work harder and run longer than necessary. Finding ways to cut that spending makes sense.
Another concern when it comes to the outside environment invading your home is sun damage. It can fade your furniture, pictures and paintings, and even your walls. Protecting against the harms of UV rays and being able to control the amount of incoming light is essential.
Honeycomb shades, also called cellular shades, are great for energy efficiency. They provide an effective barrier between your home temperature and the outside temperature. With perfect pockets, they trap air inside, which reduces transfer of heat and cold into and out of your home through the windows. Honeycomb shades come in single, double, or triple layered options. You can opt for corded or cordless shades in various colors. The insulating power of these shades means less environmental impact and a fatter wallet.
If you’re looking for a more classic look, wood blinds or faux wood blinds may be the right choice for you. Fortunately, they also help with energy efficiency. These blinds add insulation to your windows, while allowing you to filter in as little or as much light as you want. They also allow you to direct light. With wood and faux wood blinds, you have a variety of options when it comes to the type of wood, color, and style. Not only will they easily fit into your décor, they require little maintenance and are easy to clean. You’ll be able to save on energy bills and keep a classic style.
Here, we have another aesthetically versatile window covering that saves energy. With proper insulation and a snug fit, roller shades create an insulating barrier of air between the window and the shade. This reduces energy loss and keeps homes at a comfortable, consistent temperature. They vary in levels of opaqueness and colors to ensure you get the style you love in addition to the comfort.
Shutters have several advantages. Not only are they highly effective energy savers, they also protect your windows from weather and provide an element of beauty. Custom shutters have the ability to cater to any taste. Solid wood slats, custom artistry, and precision installation come together to bring style, comfort, protection, and efficiency to your home. On mild-weather days, you may want to shut off the furnace or air conditioner completely. Shutters allow ventilation while keeping your privacy and protection intact. You can also control the flow of light into your home.
Cold winter months and long, hot summer days can increase your utility bills, damage your home’s interior, strip you of constant, comfortable temperatures, and contribute to environmental destruction. With properly installed window blinds and shades, you can greatly reduce the loss of heat and cold through windows. With the many available products, you won’t have to compromise style for function.
If you have any questions regarding the above window treatments, or any others, please contact us.