26 Sep Energy Efficient Window Treatments
For most of the world, there are four seasons: Winter, Summer, Spring and Fall. But for South Florida, it’s Hot, Hotter, Hottest, and Hot & Rainy. With Summer temperatures year-round, we are always looking for ways to stay cool especially at home, and this can cause us to consume a lot of energy.
Did you know least 20% of your home energy loss happens through your windows. Learn which window treatments can be used to conserve energy, keep you cool, save you money on your utility bills.
Cellular/Honeycomb Shades and Insulation
Cellular shades are known to be the most energy efficient window coverings you can buy. Their series of call pockets (that give them their honeycomb design) trap air around your windows, helping your rooms maintain a desired temperature for longer and using less energy to do so.
When it comes to cellular shades, the best choices for insulation would be the double or triple celled options.
The best part about honeycomb shades/blinds, is not only are they amazing for insulation, they are also extremely customizable. You can choose from a huge array of colors, fabrics and features such as room darkening, blackout, cordless, motorized, top-down/bottom-up and more!
In addition to cellular shades, shutters and draperies can be great for insulation as well.
One of our experienced team members can discuss the benefits of all and help you decide which is right for you.
Solar Shades and Heat Control
Solar shades are designed to protect you and your space from harmful UV rays. They are fabricated with a material that diffuses sunlight and blocks heat which allows these window treatments to maintain a comfortable temperature in your space, not matter what the weather.
When choosing the right solar shade for your windows, take “openness” into consideration. Openness refers to how tightly the solar shade fabric is woven and determines how much UV protection and light control they have.
You can choose from 1-14% openness. The lower the percentage, the more insulation you will have. This will however give you a less clear view of the outside. The higher percentage provides less insulation but a better view.
Are you like most of us in South Florida, cranking up your AC in your home or office to stay comfortable. Is this draining for you and your wallet? Call us today for your free on-site consultation. We can provide you with more in depth information on different energy efficient window treatment solutions customized for your exact needs.