You want your home to be safe and secure, and the blinds, drapes, and other window treatments you choose play a role in your home’s security in more ways than one.
When you think of home security, UV rays may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, unless the glass in your windows has a protective UV blocking film, this invisible energy from the sun can penetrate through the glass and do damage indoors, including:
Some types of window treatments are better than others for blocking UV radiation. Hanging drapery with a blackout lining is one way of stopping this kind of damage from UV radiation.
Thermal fabrics for drapes and curtains have the additional benefit of blocking significant amounts of heat transfer, as well as UV rays. You can achieve maximum UV protection from your window treatment by hanging one layer of blackout fabric and a second layer of thermal-fabric backed drape.
Heavy wood shutters are another way of beefing up security on windows. Shutters can be installed inside or outside, but select a shutter designed for the location where it will be installed.
Shutters add security by creating an extra barrier to entry through a window, and they also shut out visibility from outside. Shutters also help save energy and block UV radiation when they are shut.
Thieves are more likely to enter a home if they can see what is inside to steal. Simply installing a curtain or other window covering and closing it at night and when you are away can protect your home and family from a burglary.
Blackout shades add even greater privacy, and if you are not always home to close the shades, consider remote controlled blinds so that you can open or close window coverings anytime, from anywhere.
Many people use the words blinds, shades, and shutters interchangeably, but there is a difference between these concepts in window treatments. There are also countless options in all three styles for covering your windows and improving the décor of your home, office, or business.
In general, a blind is made with a series of connected, ridged slats or small panels which can be tilted when the blind is closed to control the light level entering the room. The entire blind can also be raised and lowered to completely cover or expose the window, and the louvered tilting of the slats is independent of the mechanism for raising and lowering the blind.
Slats on blinds can be oriented vertically or horizontally, and some blinds come with an additional fabric layer on one side for more privacy when the blind is closed. Blinds are made from a variety of materials, including wood, vinyl, and aluminum.
A shade, on the other hand, is made from a solid material which is raised and lowered using a cord, spring, or other mechanism. A shade is either open, closed, or partially opened, where a blind has the additional feature of adjusting the tilt of the slats for even more light control.
Shutters can be made from solid, ridged panels or made with slats which can be fixed in place or adjustable like blinds. Shutters are generally heavier and more substantial looking than blinds.
Shutters are sometimes used on the outside of the windows, but there are also many styles of shutter made for the interior of the house.
What’s best for your home or office? There is no right or wrong when it comes to window treatments. Everything depends on your preferences and situation.
If you are confused about the differences between blinds, shades, and shutters and all the myriad options available in each style, consider a consultation with a window treatment specialist at Express Blinds & More in Victorville.
Temperatures are still mild in Victorville this time of year, and it can be easy to forget about the summer heat ahead. Summertime heat means energy costs for air conditioning and cooling, and window coverings can make a big difference in keeping energy bills down. The right blind, drape, or shutter can significantly reduce heat gain through windows in the summer, as well as keep the building warmer in winter.
How Window Treatments Block Victorville Summer Heat
Slatted blinds can also be used to focus strong sunlight upward toward a light colored ceiling, creating a cool and glare-free reflected light source in the room during the day.
To maximize heat loss or gain through a drape-covered window, the drapery should be installed as near as possible to the window. A cornice at the top of the drape gives added protection against hot or cold air moving from the window into the room. When the sides of drapes are sealed against the wall with magnetic strips and the drapes are overlapped in the middle, you can achieve the maximum energy savings.
Also, draperies, shutters, and blinds only help control heat if they are opened and closed at the right time of day. If no one is home to do this manually, automatic blinds can solve the problem by closing and opening on a pre-programmed schedule or whenever you like through control through a smartphone.
As falling temperatures begin to force people to spend more time indoors, a tired decor will make even the most patient homeowners wish spring would hurry up and arrive. Now is the perfect time to redecorate, and it doesn’t have to break the bank. It only takes a few changes to make a really big difference. While you are planning your new room, don’t forget about the windows. Continue reading “Can Blinds and Shades Lower Your Heating Costs?” »
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