With all of the dreary, stormy days of winter finally over, we can begin enjoying the sunshine again. With spring upon us, the weather is warming up, and we are once again enjoying the benefits of the beautiful sunshine. With the sun shining straight into your windows, and heating up your home, this may be the precise time to invest in energy-efficient window blinds and shades. The bright sunshine is extremely welcoming this time of year, on the other hand, the increase in your electric bill is not. In addition to having energy-efficient blinds and shades installed, search for crevasses in your window that heat could escape through.
Follow these suggestions, and your windows will be properly prepared to start the process of installing shades, or blinds:
- Make sure windows and doors are weather-stripped
- Don’t forget to caulk around basement and storm windows
- Lock windows when you have the heat or air turned on
Once you have taken proper care of your windows, you will be ready to decide on your window coverings; you decide if you would prefer blinds, or shades, there are countless benefits to both.
Would You Prefer Blinds, or Shades?
Heat loss is tough to control, for this reason, blinds have various openings between the slats. Blinds offer flexibility in the summer because you can adjust the slats to control light, and ventilation, which is a wonderful benefit. When completely closed, highly reflective blinds can reduce heat gain by around 45% — which is a great benefit that will help reduce your utility bills.
Window shades are one of the simplest, and effective window treatments for saving energy. Shades work best when they are mounted as close to the glass as possible, with the sides of the shade held close to the wall. It is best for shades to be lowered on sunlit windows in the summer. For maximum efficiency, investing in honeycomb shades (also known as cellular shades) is one of your best choices. For example, Hunter Douglas has a unique cellular shade by Alustra® that traps air in distinct pockets to help keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Know this, when you purchase energy-efficient blinds, and shades, you are not only dressing up your home, and making it comfortable, you are also saving money, and energy.
According to energy.gov,
[quote style=”boxed” float=”none”]Reducing energy usage in your home saves you money, increases our energy security, and reduces the pollution that is emitted from non-renewable sources of energy.[/quote]
With all the savings, you will be thrilled with your choice to invest in energy-efficient blinds, or shades.
When you decide to have your shades, or blinds installed, we can walk you through the entire process. We offer numerous free services, such as, in-home design consultation, measuring, and certified professional installation. In addition to offering free services, hiring a professional will remove all the work and stress off of your shoulders; the only decision you have left is choosing what design, and style you love.
In addition to our free services, we also offer seasonal promotions to help save you money. You can find details about our Promotions here.
For more information on the services that we offer, or to schedule a design consultation, please contact us. We would be delighted to answer all of your design questions, and help you make your home more energy friendly.