Not only do you want these treatments to look great, but they need to be functional. In today’s world of green energy and sustainability, many people are seeking energy efficient treatment options at Express Blinds and More. While the window treatments themselves are not going to save energy in the way that an energy efficient appliance might do, these shutters, blinds and drapes can help you preserve heat or maximize the cool air throughout the year.
How Can Blinds Become Energy Efficient?
When it comes to energy efficiency, blinds are best used to keep a room cool during the warm summer months. Blinds are not as effective as trapping heat in the room. Homeowners who are interested in using blinds to help keep their rooms cool should consider interior blinds with open slats. These slats can be turned in order to reflect light and keep the warm rays of the sun from baking the room. On the hottest days, the blinds can be closed completely and can reduce heat gain by nearly 50 percent.
How Can Shutters Best Use Energy?
Outdoor shutters are ideal for managing both heat gain and loss in the home. Outdoor shutters, when installed properly on the outside of the windows, actually serve as an insulation layer for the home. In addition to keeping a home warm during the winter, shutters can be used to provide shade for the home during the summer months. Homeowners who are looking to keep their homes cool through the use of outdoor shutters will want to consider louvered shutters. These shutters block direct radiation from the sun without compromising the amount of natural daylight that can enter the room at any given time.
How Can Drapes Trap Heat in a Room?
While drapes can be used throughout the summer to keep a room cool, they are best used in the winter months to trap heat and keep the room warm. Homeowners who are interested in keeping their rooms warm throughout the winter will want to consider a heavy drape. The fabric makes a big difference in how much heat the drapes are able to trap in the room. It is recommended that all homeowners pull their drapes shut during the night in order to secure the heat that has built up in the room throughout the day. This will help to eliminate drafts and keep the house warm.
Customized options are available for homeowners who are interested in creating the perfect look and level of functionality for their home. Whether you are looking for wood blinds to serve as an accent or decorative drapes that will keep your living room toasty throughout the winter months, the professionals at Express Blinds and More can help you find the perfect window treatments for your home. To find out more information about saving energy through window treatments, contact us today.