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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.

Decrease your Carbon Footprint with Window Shades

Posted: Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 | Filed under: Greener living, window shading, window treatments
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Proper shading can lower energy costs

Proper shading can lower energy costs

According to EarthEasy.com, air conditioners use up to 1/6th of electricity in the United States and peak at 43% during hot summer months. Think of the environmental impact if we as a race are able to lower those figures. The US Department of Energy reports that heating and cooling our homes through the use of furnaces and air conditioning units produces over a half billion tons of carbon dioxide. That is one massive carbon footprint. We all know that it is time for a change.

One easy, effective change to lower your effect on the environment is to use passive cooling techniques. The color of your house can certainly affect the temperature inside it. Pale, light colors reflect the sunlight and reduce heat absorption. Don’t forget the benefit of trees. Planting trees around your house can effectively lower your house’s internal temperature. Shade trees – such as poplar, ash, and maple trees – can grow into beneficial landscaping in just a few years’ time. A quick solution is the Royal Empress Tree, which grows as much as twelve feet in a single year.

Another simple passive cooling technique is effective window shades. We are not referring to the thick, heavy drapes that your grandma used. Today’s window treatments are lightweight and beautiful. While Shading Systems Inc offers black-out shades that keep all light out, they also offer privacy shades and solar shades. These options can allow you to monitor the amount of sun entering your home, while still controlling the amount of heat that comes in through the windows. This way you’ll still feel the sunny days of summer, without feeling it in your electric bill. Plus, you will be lowering your carbon footprint, and that’s beneficial to everyone.

Resources: http://eartheasy.com/live_naturalcooling.htm
http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/ShadeTrees.htm