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Window Treatment Trends: Energy Efficient Window Treatments

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Did you know 40% of unwanted heat enters through windows? However, making small adjustments to the way you view window treatments can be cost-effective in the grand scheme of renting or owning a home. Everyday growing numbers of homeowners search for creative ways to make their homes more environmentally friendly. Whether you live in an NYC apartment or house, window treatments can effectively conserve more energy (and a little more cash). Making small adjustments can be cost-effective, such as closing the shades or drapes during the day and opening them at night during the summer months. The window professionals at Shading Systems share the following additional way to save by using a variety of different styles of energy-efficient window treatments to reduce heating costs while helping the environment.

Installing Energy-Efficient Awnings In Your NYC Home

Introducing energy efficiency into your home design does not require major construction. Going green is as simple as adding awnings to your exterior, especially in rooms featuring large windows. In 2012, the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) conducted a study that showed how fabric awnings save homeowners up to 50% on their energy bills by minimizing the air conditioning required during the warmer weather months. Moreover, the US Department of Energy believes that awnings will reduce “solar heat gain during the summer by up to 65% on south-facing windows and 77% on west-facing windows.” If you have large windows with picturesque views of Manhattan, stop roasting during the summer, instead use awnings to shield windows while keeping your home temperature comfortable.

The following three awning designs can help shield your home from the sun’s harsh heat:
Fabric Awnings use a lightweight frame fastened to a wall where the fabric drapes over top. Fabric awnings are not solely for commercial use, you can feature them outside your home. Despite being made of fabric, these awnings are durable year round, so you won’t have to worry about repairs. These awnings work very well in their designated places but may limit an owner’s flexibility as permanent fixtures.

Retractable Awnings give homeowners the flexibility to control light levels both outside and inside. The latest retractable awnings now feature user-friendly electronic control pads, while showcasing ecologically friendly textiles such as solar-friendly fabrics and lighter weaves which allow for shading without stifling breezes or air circulation.

Stationary Awnings cover poolside areas, decks, pergolas and are typically a stationary construction. While not directly attached to your residence, the shade they provide against your home will help decrease your home’s heating and cooling costs.

Cellular Shades With Energy Efficient Design

Cellular shades often referred to as honeycomb shades, stack solid fabric in an accordion shape. This allows the awning’s shade to expand or contract, creating natural pockets of insulation which trap heat or cold air depending on the season. When pulled down, the pockets trap the air and help insulate the room. Similar to a jacket protecting your body against the outer elements, these cells protect your home or room against heat absorption and loss in the summer and winter respectively. The cell design runs parallel to the seam, resembling pleated shades. Even better, these cellular shades will add to your outside curb appeal with a sleek and streamlined window covering.

Cellular shades come in a variety of styles, fabrics, insulating qualities, and cell size, offering owners creative freedom when opting for energy efficient choices. These window shades vary in how much light is filtered when they are drawn, giving homeowners flexibility on how much light they want in any given room. Though some homeowners believe cellular shades only save energy due to the shape of the cells, the fabric thickness and weave actually play a huge role in your home’s energy efficiency.

Cellular shades feature cordless options and remote-controlled options. Some open top to bottom and can be controlled with set timers for automated light and sun control. This proves beneficial for homeowners that may not be home during the day but still want to save money—or for any high reaching windows.

Roman Shades Help Increase Energy-Efficiency

Roman shades use simple, accordion-style designs without cells. While standard Roman shades do not insulate to the same level as cellular shades, Roman shades have solar functions to help insulate the winter heat in your home. Furthermore, this type of window treatment offers similar flexibility as cell shades do, coming in many different fabrics and textures.

Showcasing An Energy-efficient Drapery System In Your NYC Home

This type of window treatment offers solar options such as flannel draperies. Consider lining stylish draperies with an inner thermal layer to help trap in heat. A drapery’s ability to reduce heat loss depends on several factors, including fabric type (closed or open weave) and color. With such a wide variety of draperies available, you may want to consult a shading professional on their energy efficiency.

Consider Energy Efficient Window Treatments For Your NYC Home

Energy efficient window treatments allow for a wide variety of style options, fabrics, and color choices, so no matter the look or function you want, you can easily find a solution that’s right for you. For residents living in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens contact Shading Solutions near you today to start finding the best energy efficient window treatments for your home!

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