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Save money with the right window treatment

Window treatments are not just about privacy or pulling a room together - the right window treatment can help you save money on your electricity each month.

Rising electricity prices and the coming winter means that now is the perfect time to update your window treatments to work for you. 

Everyone knows that window treatments helps with light control in the home, but did you know the right window treatment could also help to control the temperature in the room as well as insulate it?

Heat can be lost directly through panes of glass and drafts, causing the temperature in the room to drop. The compensate for this, we use air conditioning or an electrical heater to warm up the room - doesn’t this sound a bit counterproductive and expensive?

You can fix this by using the right window treatment - first you will have to assess the window. Start by making a list of all of your windows, the environmental conditions of each window and each room.

Here is a list of things to consider:

- What direction do your windows face?
- What type of windows do you have? (insulated? do they open?)
- What is the sunlight like in the morning, noon, evening, summer, winter?
- Do you have high windows or windows that are out of reach, e.g., over a tub?
- Do you need cordless window treatments? (do you have pets or small children)
- How and where will the window treatments be installed?

So what are the common types of window treatments for homes and what do they offer?

Drapery



Drapes are a great way to insulate a home in the winter as they prevent heat from escaping through the glass and in summer they provide the necessary shade for harsh sunlight.

Shades



White or reflective shades are a great on the window-facing side do a great job of reflecting sunlight back out the window. Honeycomb shades are the most energy-efficient thanks to their insulating layered air space

Shutter and Blinds



Shutters are fantastic for all types of climates, including balmy and bright areas where the biggest concern for most homeowners is regulating sunlight to counter radiant heat gain, as well as areas that experience the seasons at full blast. This type of window treatment provides excellent insulation in the winter.

Blinds are typically not very insulating, so they aren’t the warmest choice for cold climates. However, like shutters, they offer the best light control, which is why they are typically used by homeowners in warm, bright climates.

Window Films

Window films are a type of permanent treatment that can come in handy on windows that can’t be covered by a shade or shutters due to their shape, size or location. Sometimes they are used in conjunction with other window treatments to maximize the energy efficiency of a window. These films are typically made from self-adhesive polyester, and they can upgrade the solar control, safety, and appearance of existing glass. Often they are sold as part of a window, although they can also be added after a window is installed. As solar radiation strikes a piece of glass, the window film acts as a sunscreen to block UV rays while regulating how much heat and light pass through. The most well-known types of window coatings are probably “Low-E” (or Low Emissivity) window coatings. Window films are most commonly found in automobiles and commercial buildings, but they are also sometimes used in residential windows.

Awnings and overhangs



Awnings aren’t just a cute appliqué found on Parisian buildings. Awning and overhangs can actually be incredibly effective structures for controlling solar heat gain because they block the hot summer sun (when the sun is high in the sky), but let in the warming winter sun (when the sun is lower in the sky). Window awnings can reduce solar heat gain in the summer by up to 65% on south-facing windows and 77% on west-facing windows. Retractable awnings can be rolled up in the winter to allow sunlight and heat into the house.

Now you can go and get the right treatment for your window to provide you with everything you need while saving you money!


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