We often hear lots of talk about energy efficient windows and how great they are at lowering your monthly bills and keeping your home more comfortable. But you can take it one step further with energy efficient window treatments. Not only do they increase the energy efficiency of your windows, but they add to the visual appeal and aesthetics of your home.
Benefits of Energy Efficient Window Treatments
Insulation in Cooler Months
On average, about 30% of the energy in your home is lost through your windows. In the wintertime, the cold winds blow and if your windows aren’t tightly sealed, some of that cold air can get inside and cause your heater to run longer.
Control Solar Heat in Summer
In the summer months, when the sun comes directly through the windows, it creates heat in your home. So, even if you have the most energy efficient windows on the market, the sunlight is still going to create unwanted heat in your home. Adding energy efficient window treatments will block out the sunlight and help lower your utility costs and can even prevent your furniture from becoming faded from the harsh UV rays.
Let In Daylight When Your Choose
During certain times of the day or in specific rooms of your home, you may want to be in control of when you let light in and when you keep it out. When the sun’s rays aren’t coming directly in through your window, it can be nice to let the daylight illuminate the room. Having shade control in your home can allow you to let light into your home when it is convenient, so you won’t need to turn the lights on and use less electricity.
Energy Efficient Window Treatments Styles
Cellular shades are highly insulating for the interior of your home. Although they have been around since the 1970s, they have come a long way in terms of energy efficiency and style. These shades are designed with layers of honeycomb-shaped cells that create insulating pockets, trapping air within them. The Duette Architella® Honeycomb Shades are some of the most energy efficient cellular shades on the market because they use many layers of fabric and insulating pockets.
Roller and Solar Shades
If you’re searching for a look that is clean and contemporary, roller and solar shades are great options. Solar shades give you a window treatment that doesn’t fully block your view outside. These are created from a UV-blocking material that isn’t fully opaque. Solar shades come in many different transparencies, so you can choose how much you want to see. Roller shades combine the insulating features of a cellular shade with the clean look of a solar shade. Sonnette® Cellular Roller Shades are highly energy efficient and have a wide range of fabrics and colors to choose from.
Roman shades have a simple design with soft folds in the fabric and are very energy efficient, especially if we’re talking about the Vignette® Modern Roman Shades. This modern version of a roman shade has no exposed rear cords to increase child safety and window aesthetics. Choose from natural weaves, linens, tweeds, and silks in a variety of colors and opacities so you can customize the look for your home.
Shutters on interior windows not only add energy efficiency to your home, but they also add character. Shutters fit tightly in your window frame and are very easy to operate so you can quickly choose how much light you want to let it. These NewStyle® Hybrid Shutters give the look of natural wood with the durability of new-age materials.
Drapery can stand alone as a window treatment, but when paired with one of the above energy efficient window treatments, you get an incredible layer of insulation and light-blocking power. The Design Studio™ Side Panels and Drapery add the perfect finishing touch to any room of your home by adding texture, color, dimension, and extra energy efficiency.
Window Treatments from Marathon Building Environments
Marathon Building Environments carries a wide variety of energy efficient window treatments from Hunter Douglas, a trusted brand in window treatments. We can help you with custom blinds, shades, shutters, and drapery for any room of your home. Visit the website to learn more!