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Insulating Shades for Energy Efficiency

Posted: Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 | Filed under: sustainable living, window shading, window treatments
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Energy Efficient window treatmentsInsulation is an important factor for any window treatments, to help keep in the heat during winter and to help keep out the heat during summer. These types of functions can save tons of money in energy bills.

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Window Treatments to Keep in the Heat

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 | Filed under: Greener living, Shading systems, sustainable living
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Designer window treatments

Designer window treatments

Window treatments are more than just an accent to your home; they are great energy savers as well. Window treatments provide insulation during cold winter months and do just the opposite during summer months, repel the heat. There are many different window treatments to choose from, from folding shades to Roman shades to draperiesand beyond. Based on the types of benefits you’re looking for from your window treatments, you can start considering options for your window shades.


During cold weather, windows are the cause of heat loss. If you’re looking for window treatments to cover your windows during winter, there are a few different options. Roller shades offer homeowners a great solution to keeping the heat in their homes. Since roller shades offer a clean, minimal look, they are great compliments to any interior furnishings. Roller shades sit very close to the glass on windows, reducing convention currents, which doesn’t allow the heat to escape. Since roller shades are available in a wide variety of fabric options, you can meet both your design and function needs.


Any type of insulated window shades or blinds can help reduce heat loss in your home. Honeycomb shades are good insulators and offer a simple design element to your home. Since the honeycomb style window shades offer separation of warm and cold air, they keep the heat in and the cold out. Again, offered in a variety of fabrics and the choice single or double honeycomb configurations, you can customize your shades for both your style and function needs.


Draperies are also great energy savers for your home. The key to using drapery systems is to make sure gaps are closed at the top and on the sides of the window treatments. Let the draperies hang down to the floor (or window sill) “closing” the bottom gap as well. This will help keep the warmth in your home for winter, saving costs on heating bills.

Window Treatments for Winter

Posted: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 | Filed under: sustainable living, window shading, window treatments
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Window Treatments

Window Treatments

If you live on the East Coast, weather in New York City, New Jersey or elsewhere, chances are you’re no stranger to the frigid winter weather. There are different ways to keep the chill outside through your windows and window treatments.


Insulated windows will help keep the cold air outside, but there are other ways, from the inside, to warm up your home. Window shades are a great energy saver, for both winter and summer months. They help keep the heat inside the house during winter, and block the heat during summer. If you can mount the window shades inside the window frame, this will help close any open space. Empty space allows heat to escape.


Different types of folding shades can also provide insulation during cold winter months. There are many different options of window shades available, but if you’re looking for energy savers, consider folding shades. Insulated Roman shades will help keep the heat inside the house. The strong materials fight the cold, and if it’s a bright sunny day, there’s no reason you can’t fold them up to enjoy the weather. Since folding shades are available in such a variety of fabrics, you can customize your look and feel based on what you’re looking for, both style and purpose.


Drapery systems are also another option for window treatments. Draperies are often the preferred solar control option and can be useful for winter and summer months. If you’re considering window shades for solar control, when choosing draperies, it’s important to make sure the draperies are sealed at the top of the window. Again, with open space the heat can escape. Because draperies offer the ability to adjust based on the sun’s movement or other weather conditions, you have control over solar options.


There are many options for window treatments and window shades, but if you’re thinking about the cold winter weather, consider folding shades (particularly insulated) or draperies. There are both great solutions for solar control and offer a variety of style options.