Money Saving Window Treatments
The earliest windows were just holes in a wall, sometimes covered with animal hide, cloth, or paper. The Romans were the first to use glass for windows which were probably produced in Rome/Egypt in Alexandria ca.100 AD. Today windows come in all shapes and sizes, round, square, oblong, and rectangle. They allow us to experience the outdoors with natural light and clear views. They add beauty, balance, and architectural interest to our homes. However windows also allow a great deal of energy to escape during the winter months, resulting in higher energy bills.
One way to improve energy efficiency in your home and save on utility bills is to install the right kind of window treatments and window coverings. For example, cellular or honeycomb shades are a very popular choice. The way they are designed creates a barrier and increases their insulating value which prevents wind and cold from going into the house. They can also help keep some of the heat from escaping through the window on cold days. This is important because winter heat loss through a window can be 10-30% of your total heating bill. Hunter Douglas Architella honeycomb shades are described as shades with “both function and style. Their construction creates a distinctive look with superb energy efficiency.” Other energy saving window treatment options that work very well are, Roman Shades, Draperies, and Roller Shades. These window treatments, when made with room darkening fabrics, or thermal lined, will help with energy efficiency. For example, roller shades or roman shades that have several layers of fiber batting or are quilted, act as an insulator and air barrier, lowering your heating bills. Also to consider are Plantation Shutters which are valuable in several ways. Plantation shutters installed correctly can help reduce energy costs and increase the value of your home. You can also combine shutters with other energy efficient window treatments, such as draperies, which will make for greater insulation ability and save you money.
A few energy saving tips:
Close your curtains, shades, and shutters at night to protect the room against cold drafts. Hang the drapes as close as possible to the window and windowsill to block any drafts coming through. Two can be better than one when you hang two drapes together creating a tighter air space which will help the room stay warmer and more comfortable. Open your blinds, shades, and shutters during the day to let the warm sun in and be sure to close at dusk to trap the heat in.
Winter is here and energy bills are on the rise. See what type of window treatment options are available to improve the energy efficiency of your home and save you money. Contact us here at Home Decor Solutions for a Free In Home consultation. Our professionals will be happy to help you find just what you need. We are one click, one call away!