Custom window treatments provide a myriad of benefits – they’re aesthetically pleasing, they’re easy to use, and look pretty but they’re more than just that. In fact, window treatments are the perfect way to bring more energy efficiency into your home and give it a more environmentally friendly atmosphere.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports that windows typically account for 25 percent of annual heating and cooling costs in older houses, and can even be responsible for as much as 40 percent.
This is why it is important to know your options when it comes to saving money and energy in your home. Window treatments are one of the easiest ways to get a return on your investment while having a look that is all your own.
How Window Treatments Work for Energy Efficiency
Modern energy efficient window treatments come with insulation. These insulation values are of R-2 to R-4 are more than twice the insulation of a standard, premium vinyl window with a low-E coating and double-pane glass.
Different Styles Means Varying Degrees of Energy Efficiency
Depending on what style of window treatment you choose, the energy efficiency will vary. Here are the most popular styles and what to expect in savings.
Plantation shutters are always an attractive and classy style of window treatment that many choose for their aesthetic appeal. However, they offer energy efficiency and according to Smart Energy Alliance, their insulating value is between 2.77 and 3.17, which is quite impressive for such an impressive upgrade to your home’s look.
The good thing is that whether you choose wood plantation shutters or vinyl ones, both work well at providing energy savings. However, wood resists temperature conductivity better so these will provide a bit more energy efficiency.
Many homeowners choose custom draperies for their ability to create a statement with their decor. However, when choosing drapes there are a few things to look for that really increases the energy efficiency.
For instance, draperies with interlining and lining have that there for a reason. Some have linings to block out the sun but this increases the energy conscious factor as well. Blackout lining is one of the styles that keeps the sun out and R-values of thermally lined drapes range from R-3 to R-5. This all depends on the type of fabric used and this ranges depending on the drapes and your choice.
Keep in mind that drapes have their own high-efficiency savings even without a lining, this just increases it. However, they only work when closed – for obvious reasons. Some choose to use them in along with other window treatments so that they get a fashion statement and extra privacy and energy efficiency.
Roller and Cellular Shades
Another addition to those wanting to increase their home’s energy efficiency and use the thermostat less, is both roller and cellular shades. These shades work well to provide something similar to sunglasses by blocking ultraviolet rays and cutting down on glare.
One thing to note is that while you are saving on energy going out the window, you are also saving on your furnishing indoors. Ultraviolet light is detrimental to carpet and furniture because it fades the colors. By cutting down on the amount of UV light that comes into your home, you are effectively making your home’s interior last longer at the same time.
At Just Blinds, we provide a myriad of custom window treatment options including the ones mentioned in this article. Whether it’s window treatments or custom draperies, we have it all and work with you from start to finish. If you have any questions or want to schedule a free estimate, simply contact us and we’ll be more than happy to help.