Energy Saving Tips

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Brrr... it's getting cold! Window coverings can help insulate your home from the chill of winter and keep it warm and cozy. You can lower your energy costs while dressing your windows. Without energy-efficient window treatments, as much as 50% of a home's heating energy can be lost through its windows. Most window fashions provide window insulation, offering your home increased protection against heat loss during the winter. It's a scientific fact that heat is attracted to cold. In winter months, indoor heating moves toward and escapes through windows to the outdoors. The right window fashions can provide a quick return on investment and a beautiful look you'll enjoy for years to come. If you have older "leaky" windows like I do, cellular shades combined with drapes and board mounted top treatments will give you maximum insulation. You can get insulated drapes off the shelf, but make sure they have "returns" to the wall (fabric that goes from the front of the rod to the wall). You'll also want to be sure that the top treatment is mounted to a board rather than a rod to ensure the warm air stays in the room.

If you're worried about obstructing your view and light with all these window coverings, remember that you can mount the top treatment high enough to just cover the top of the glass. The shade can be hidden under the top treatment. Drapes should be ordered wide enough so that the stack back is off the window. In this sitting room, the cellular shade is hidden under the Charleston valance. The stationery side panels with returns to the wall prevent air leakage. Flannel interlining not only adds extra life and beauty to the panels, it also provides additional insulation.

Even if you have energy efficient windows, you'll still want to consider window coverings for certain windows. For example, on south-facing windows, shades, blinds or draperies should be opened during the day for solar heat gain and then closed at night. Treatments on north windows may be left closed 24 hours a day for increased efficiency. If this sounds like too much work, most window treatments can be motorized and put on a timer or solar control. How cool is that? (pun intended) Another consideration to help offset the cost of a custom window treatment investment is the Federal tax credit available for certain types of window fashions. Hunter Douglas provides a certification you can provide to your accountant for their Architella Duettes. Click here to learn more. Contact me with any questions at anjinteriors@comcast.net.