Without energy-efficient window treatments, as much as 18% of a home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows. Many of the window coverings we offer provide your home with increased protection against heat loss during the winter, as well as minimizing the sun’s heat or “solar heat” gain during the summer.
It’s a scientific fact that heat is attracted to cold. In the winter months, indoor heat moves toward and escapes through windows to the outdoors. In the summer months, the outside heat flows into your home through the windows. Many window coverings help to insulate the homes’ windows which reduces energy consumption. This allows you to save money on heating and cooling costs, and creates a more comfortable interior environment.
Solar Heat Control
The heat from the sun may be desirable during the winter months to help heat your home, but during the summer months it can make a room overly hot and uncomfortable. This can result in increased air conditioning costs. Many window coverings help to control the solar heat gain by allowing it into your home in the winter and minimizing the amount that comes in during the summer.
Daylighting is the practice of lighting rooms with natural light rather than artificial light. By drawing natural light into a room many of our window treatments reduce the need for other types of lighting, thereby reducing your energy use.
Another way to save money on your energy bills is with automated blinds that can be programmed to open or close at set times. This is also a security benefit when you’re away from your home as the window coverings opening, closing or tilting will make your home seem occupied.
5 TIPS FOR SAVING ENERGY AT THE WINDOW
Ensure your windows and doors are properly weather-stripped.
Caulk around basement and storm windows.
When heating or cooling, keep windows locked.
Open your window coverings during sunny winter days to catch free solar heat then close them at night to keep that heat in.
Close your window coverings during summer days to keep the heat out.