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Archive for January, 2012

Energy Efficient Winter Window Treatments

Posted: Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 | Filed under: sustainable living, window shading, window treatments
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Get your windows prepared for winter will help save energy. Window treatments provide great insulation for your home during the cold weather months. By adding draperies or other types of window shadesto your windows, you save energy and even lower your heating bill by a significant amount.

Depending on the window(s) in your home that you’re looking to insulate, you can customize your window treatments

Winter window treatments

to fit many shapes and sizes.  Window treatments, especially energy efficient options are long-term investments, so take your time when choosing your window dressing. There isn’t a right or wrong answer to how to decorate your windows, but here are some things to keep in mind when choosing your window shades.

Window shades are a simple solution to saving energy during winter. The key to roller shades is to mount them inside the window frame, leaving a very small (if any) gap on the sides. The closer the shades are to the frame, the less heat you’re going to lose. Roller shading is available with many different control options as well. You can choose to motorize your folding shades in New York for convenience reasons or you create a privacy shade to your bedroom. Depending on your style, customize to your liking.

Roman shades, or folding shades are also a great option for energy saving window treatments, but for full functionality, choose insulated window shades. Insulated shades are tightly woven with thicker fabric, to help insulate the windows. Roman shades fold when not in user and these types of shades are also available in a variety of fabric and pleat choices.

Draperies are a third choice and can also be great insulators during cold winter months. Draperies are one of the most common types of window treatments because you have so many different options. If you decide on this type of treatment, close the side gaps (and top and bottom), to keep in the heat.

Window shades, draperies and folding shades are all energy efficient window treatments. Depending on the windows you’re working with, or the type of aesthetic you’re looking for, explore these options.