As energy bills continue to rise, people constantly look for ways to save money while enjoying a comfortable interior environment. One way to achieve this is through energy-saving window treatments. Several types of window treatments can help reduce energy costs.
Invest in energy-saving window treatments today and start saving on your energy bills tomorrow.
Types of Energy-Saving Window Treatments
The following energy-saving window treatments are diverse, so there is an option to suit anyone’s needs and preferences.
Cellular Shades (Honeycomb Shades)
Cellular shades are popular among those looking to reduce energy costs. They comprise two or more layers of fabric that form honeycomb-shaped pockets, creating a barrier of insulation between the window and the room. This supplementary insulation makes the room more comfortable year-round (warm in winter and cool in summer), minimizing the energy required to heat or cool the room.
Roller shades are a simple and affordable option to reduce energy bills. They consist of a piece of fabric rolled up and down over the window, which can be made of various materials, including blackout fabric, which can help reduce the amount of sunlight and heat that enters the room. Less heat equals a lower demand for air conditioning.
Roman shades are a stylish and versatile option; they, too, are made of one piece of fabric, but it folds up when the shade is raised and hangs flat when it is dropped. Furthermore, Roman shades can be made with energy-efficient, insulating materials. Reducing heat transfer through the windows contributes to energy savings and more comfortable living space.
Shutters are a classic and elegant option. They are made of solid wood or synthetic materials and are customizable to fit any window size or shape. Shutters can help block out sunlight and heat, reducing the energy needed to cool the room. They are also great for controlling privacy, improving the security of your home.
Curtains are a popular option for those looking to stylize and add a touch of elegance to their space while reducing their energy bills. They are made of various fabrics and can be custom-made (sized to fit any shape or size of the window). In addition, curtains, or drapes, can help block out sunlight and heat, reducing the energy needed to cool the room. One can even layer them with other window treatments, like shades or blinds, to provide even more insulation.
Window films are applied directly to the window and work by reflecting sunlight and heat away from the room. They also help to reduce glare and protect furniture from fading. They come in various tints and styles so that people can choose the most suitable option for their taste.
Solar screens are specifically designed to block harmful UV rays and reduce solar heat gain. Installed on the window’s exterior, they shield against direct sunlight. Solar screens are made of a mesh-like material that allows for visibility from the inside while still blocking a significant amount of sunlight. By preventing solar heat from entering the room, solar screens can significantly reduce the need for air conditioning and contribute to energy savings.
Start Saving Money with the Right Window Treatments Today
If you want window treatments that will lower your electricity bill, contact Southwest Blinds & Shutters to learn more and schedule a consultation. Our experienced team can provide expert advice and guidance in selecting the right window dressings for your home, helping you achieve energy savings, and a more comfortable living environment. You can also start by reading some of our tips to keeping your home cool in the summer! We offer window-covering products, including shutters, blinds, shades, and curtains, to fit any style!