Can Window Coverings Save Me Money?
Privacy is often the main concern for homeowners looking for window coverings. But, in addition to keeping prying eyes out, window coverings can help you save money on your heating and energy bills by controlling the amount of hot and cold air that’s let into your house. Here’s what you should keep in mind when you’re searching for new window treatments.
Your Heating and Cooling Bills
Whether it’s the dead heat of summer or the deep freeze of winter, your heating and cooling systems are working at max power. Your window treatments can help you to boost your systems’ efficiency by keeping heat in and the cold out, and vice versa.
When you think of window treatments, think not only of light control, but temperature control. In the heat of summer, a window will let in sunlight, but the residual heat it produces when it reflects off the glass can drasticly affect the temperature in your house. Whether you install indoor or outdoor window treatments, you can control the amount of hot or cold air that enters your house through your windows, thus helping control your home’s temperature.
Your Insulation Quality
When you sit by a window on a windy night, you may notice your drafty windows. Poorly insulated windows can do a lot of damage to your energy efficiency, and ultimately, your energy bills.
If your room is outfitted with windows that are old and thin, you are sure to notice that the areas around your windows are significantly cooler than the other parts of your room. This drop in temperature causes your heating system to work overtime.
Installing new, energy-efficient windows is the best solution to this problem, but a great alternative is to install quality window treatments. Proper window coverings can minimize drafts and help save money on your heating bills.
The Best Window Covering Options for Your House
It’s important to look at your options for window coverings and determine which will help you save the most money on your energy bills.
Outdoor Window Coverings
Installing window coverings on the outside of your house can not only help improve your curb appeal, but also provide an external barrier for the hot and cold air.
Awnings, plantation shutters and overhead patio coverings can each do wonders for protecting your house and windows from unwanted heat. These outdoor options will be a larger investment and alter the look of your house; however, they may be well worth the money spent when you consider the savings they can offer in your energy bills.
Indoor Window Treatments
You don’t have to sacrifice style for function when choosing energy efficient window coverings in your house. The variety of styles and fabrics can be customized for your taste. However, it is important to consider your choice’s ability to keep in the heat or air conditioning.
Honeycomb shades, drapes and curtains are your best options for your indoor window treatments. Each provides sufficient temperature control, while also providing style to your interior design.
Drapes can be formal, but they also are heavy enough to create a solid barrier between your room and your windows. Curtains tend to be made of a lighter weight material than drapes, but can still offer form and function to any room. Honeycomb shades are similar to traditional blinds, but provide a double layer of protection for the cold and hot air from the outside.
If you need help determining which window covering will help you save money on your energy bills, call Window Coverings of Wilmington. We will visit your home, assess your needs, and find the best option for your home.