Summer is right around the corner. That means peak temperatures, hot homes, and rising energy bills. We know that you might want to blast your air conditioner to beat the heat, but window treatments are a more cost-effective way to keep your home cool while adding to its visual appeal.
Window shades are one of the simplest and most effective ways to save energy when properly installed. Mount them as close to the glass as possible within the window frame, creating a sealed space. They should be drawn all day to be effective.
Quilted roller shades and Roman shades with several layers of fiber batting act as both insulation and an air barrier and are more effective than other soft window treatments. Reversible shades that are white on one side and dark on the other can be switched with the seasons with the white side reflecting the sun in the summer and the dark side absorbing it in the winter.
Because of the horizontal slats, it’s difficult to control heat loss through interior window blinds, although they do offer some flexibility. Unlike shades, you can adjust the slats to control light and ventilation.
It is estimated that highly reflective blinds can reduce heat gain by around 45 percent when completely closed. They can also be adjusted to block and reflect direct sunlight onto a light-colored ceiling, which diffuses the light without much heat or glare.
Curtain and Drapes
Curtains and drapes’ ability to reduce heat depends on the type of fabric and color. Medium-colored draperies with white plastic backings are estimated to reduce heat gain by 33 percent. Curtains should be hung as close to the window as possible. On summer days they should also be closed.
Combat the Heat With Our Treatments
Energy bills don’t have to rise in the summer just because the temperature does. Window treatments can reduce your home’s heat gain without increasing energy consumption. Accent Shutter & Shades has an array of customizable window treatment options that combat the heat and complement your taste. Visit our showroom and talk with one of our design experts, or contact us to learn more.