Go Green with Window Treatments
Without window treatments, much of a home's heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows. The fact is, heat is attracted to cold. Indoor heating moves toward and escapes through windows in the winter. The opposite occurs in the summer when solar heat enters our air conditioned homes.
Save up to 50% on your energy costs each year with these tips:
- Look for quality. When purchasing window coverings buy the best you can afford. Start with a quality shade or blind that will stand the test of time. Add soft treatments like draperies and valances when your budget allows. Window fashions can be a sizeable investment so consider purchasing them in stages.
- Keep your cool. Close your shades or blinds during the heat of the day to keep your house cool. Select window treatments with a light colored backing to reflect the sun's heat. Consider motorized blinds that are timed to close at peak sun exposure.
- Turn off the lights. Daylighting is the practice of lighting rooms with natural light rather than using electricity. Certain shades let you control how much light comes into a room, while some shades diffuse light to protect your furnishings from harmfulUV rays. Products with louvers, slats and vanes enable you to direct incoming light to where it's needed most.
- Get cozy. In the winter months consider layering. Start with a cellular shade, layer interlined side panels and a top treatment to maximize insulation. Capture the sun's warmth when possible by raising your shades.
- Go natural. Pick draperies made from environmentally sound and renewable natural fibers like cotton, wool, silk, linen, and hemp. There is a range of organic materials that can be used for your shades such as, paper, reeds, bamboo, and wood. Look for the Greenguard certification to ensure your window treatments are environmentally friendly.