Can window treatments really save energy? Winter is quickly approaching and you may be concerned about the cost of heating your home. According to Hunter Douglas, your windows have the potential to lose up to 50% of your heating and cooling energy. So the question remains, can window treatments really save energy?
Department Of Energy Findings
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, window treatments can save up to 25% of heat loss in the winter and 45% of heat gain in the summer. It really depends on the type of window treatment and how they are installed. Here are a few options:
You can create insulation at your windows with custom drapery. You should choose a medium color drapery and add a plastic barrier lining. This will keep your windows from creating heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. You can also choose a light color backing for summer time. The light color will reflect the heat and a dark color for wintertime. The dark color will absorb heat. This will in effect help with the energy it takes to heat or cool your home and this will save you money on your utility bill. Custom drapery can be installed to hang to the floor or even pool on the floor. You can also add a valence or top treatment to start your custom drapery above the window. Adding Velcro to seal the drapery around the window will further help insulate your room.
Honeycomb shades are designed to be energy efficient. They come in a variety of styles with different cell sizes. You can also choose single, double and triple cellular construction. Honeycomb shades are versatile and easy to decorate with. They come in a multitude of colors and translucencies so you can enjoy filtered light if you desire. Allowing the natural light to replace artificial light will save energy too.
Can Window Treatments Really Save Energy?
Yes they can, it’s about keeping the heat out during summer and keeping the heat in during winter. If you want to save energy at your windows, here are a few tips:
- Use weather stripping and caulking to seal your windows.
- Open your window treatments on sunny winter days to take advantage of the suns heat. Close your window treatments at night to keep the heat inside.
- Keep your window treatments closed during the summer to keep the heat out.
Ambiance Window Coverings can help you take advantage of energy efficient window treatments. Your window treatments can save you money but don’t think for a minute you have to sacrifice beauty and style. We’ll show you how you can have amazing window treatments that perform the way you need them to. Call Ambiance Window Coverings today for a free in-home consultation.