How To Stop Drafty Windows (And Lost Money!) This Fall and Winter With Custom Window Treatments
Many people enjoy decorating their homes for the holidays and the changing of seasons. What people might not readily consider, however, is updating their window treatments for fall with the changing of the weather. Window treatments do a lot more than just add style to a room, they can help insulate your home and even increase energy efficiency. In the fall and winter, this will be an aspect of your home that you won’t want to overlook.
While the summertime might find you with your windows wide open, letting in the warm breeze, you’ll certainly have those windows latched tight in the winter trying to keep the heat in and your utility bills down. Unfortunately, all windows will leak at least a little heat out of your home. Adding the right window treatment can help prevent some of this heat loss, saving you money on the cost of heating your home.
Something to consider when looking for insulating window treatments is the R-value of different materials. An R-value refers to a material’s capacity to resist heat flow. The higher a material’s R-value, the greater the resistance and the better it will insulate your home. Choosing a window treatment with a higher R-value will not only keep your home warmer in the cold months, but also help keep heat out in the summer when you’re trying to cool off.
One of the best insulating window treatments is cellular, also known as honeycomb, shades. These window treatments do a fantastic job of keeping heat in your home in those cold months. The more cells these shades have, the higher their R-value, as the air inside the cells helps eliminate transfer of energy.
Another highly effective window treatment for insulation is shutters. Shutters are fit properly to the window frame and can close tightly preventing heat from escaping through the window. Faux-wood shutters offer the increased benefit of being less susceptible to the changing humidity and have high resistance to heat.
Adding a drapery over blinds or shutters can also help increase the insulation factor of your window treatments. An extra layer of fabric can reduce heat loss through your windows by ten percent.
The design specialists of Carmen’s Custom Window Treatments would be happy to consult with you to determine the best way to help insulate your home with the right window treatments. With over 70 years of experience in window treatments in the Cleveland area, we are sure that we can help find the perfect fit for your style in your home. Call us today at 216.321.4040 to set up a complimentary on-site consultation with one of our experienced designers. See more of our work here!