Save Energy with Window Treatments
When considering how to save energy and money during these warm summer months, it is important to think about the type of window treatments that will increase the total R-Value of your windows.
What is R-value and why is it important?
Heat always flows from warm areas to cooler areas. Summer heat from the sun heating up your roof or wall will travel from outside to inside your home.
It is possible to slow the rate of heat by using materials that can restrict the heat flow.
R-value is a term used to measure a material’s ability to reflect light and heat out of the home. The higher the R-value, the better your home will be insulated and stay cooler in summer and warmer in winter. It is important to focus on window treatments because up to 50% of a home’s heating and cooling energy exits through the window.
It is also important to keep in mind that R-value measurements will vary depending on the type of window and what kind of window treatment is installed. The window R-value measurement will vary if the window is a single, double, or triple pane window. For example, a bare double glazed window has an R-value of 3.5 and adding the Hunter Douglas Duette Architella 1 1/4 honeycomb shade with Panache opaque fabric brings the R-value to 7.86, which can reduce heat loss significantly.
Shutters such as New Style Hybrid Shutters have an R-value of 6.01 with the R-value of the window included. According to Smart Energy Living, “hardwood shutters and wood blinds offer R-values between 2.77 and 3.17 on their own.”
For greater heat reduction you can combine one window treatment such as shutters with another such as drapes and depending on the type of fabric, reduce heat gain by 33%.
Keep in mind when making a window treatment selection, ask for the R-value of the product itself without the the R-value of the window included to get an accurate assessment of the product.
Energy.gov states, “In addition to saving energy, window treatments can be aesthetic additions to your home.” During these warm summer months, it is time to upgrade and improve the window treatments in your home to save energy, money and add beauty. Contact us at Home Decor Solutions for a Free-In-Home consultation to help you select just what you need. We are one click, one call away.