Energy-efficient window treatments can prevent the loss of up to 50% of a home’s heating and cooling energy that may be lost through its windows. They offer increased protection against heat loss during the winter, and are even more effective at minimizing the heat from the sun during the summer which helps reduce your home’s energy consumption. With energy efficient window treatments your home will be more comfortable, and you will save on heating & cooling costs.
One of the best ways to insulate your windows is with cellular blinds, which are also known as honeycomb blinds. Cellular blinds work by trapping air within the cells creating a layer of insulation, which serves as a barrier between the window and the room. A double pleated honeycomb blind can reduce the amount of energy loss up to 50%. If you’d like to combine privacy and energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are a great choice.
Plantation shutters are another popular option because of their aesthetic appeal. However, plantation shutters are also energy-efficient. Both wood and vinyl plantation shutters work as effective insulators, although wood is slightly better at resisting temperature conductivity. The shutters are fit snugly into the window frames to block the transfer of heat and create a barrier between outside temperatures and your home’s interior.
Cooling your home during the hot days of summer takes a lot of energy. With properly fitted energy efficient window treatments you could save 10% – 15% on your summer cooling costs. You can help keep your home cool by keeping the blinds closed during the day, especially the south and west facing windows which receive the most direct sunlight. Keeping the sunlight out will also protect your furniture and flooring from the fading that results from the sun.
About The Author: John Pitera is the owner of The Blind Man, and has over 28 years of experience helping customers select, measure and install the window solutions they need for their home. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 420- 3354