In Florida, we love sunshine, but the intense heat at this time of year can be more than anyone can handle! Stay cool, and don’t let the heat overwhelm you. Today the best energy efficient window coverings can be found in a variety of styles and colors, including innovative functions for the contemporary home. Let’s explore how to keep our homes comfortable during these oppressive summer months.
The Benefits: Adding Window Shades, Blinds, Draperies & Shutters
Replacement windows may seem like the best solution for adding energy efficiency to the home, but not so fast. The cost of new windows is through the roof, and homeowners are still left to deal with sunshine entering the home. Start by adding window treatments like blinds, shades, shutters & drapery to your windows. The best energy efficient window covering option for your home will provide more benefits than simply keeping out the heat. Take a look…
- Reduced glare
- Coordinated home design
- Compatible with smart home technology
- Ample natural light without heat
- Room darkening for improved sleep
- Adjustable privacy settings
Current Features of Energy Efficient Window Coverings
You’ll be amazed at the advancements in technology and their effect on the window covering industry. Today’s best energy efficient window treatment options come with amazing features that will increase the comfort of your home and protect from UV rays as well.
- Top Down: The top of the shade lowers just enough to let in light, while the majority of the window is blocked to reduce exposure.
- Automation: Smart shades integrate with your smart home technology, for scheduled adjustments or voice command movement in an instant.
- Tricky Windows: Specialty shaped windows, Tilt & Turn windows or glass doors can feature custom coverings to insulate your home.
- Dual Shades: Control the ambiance with two shades on the same window for soft lighting & light blocking options.
How Do They Work?
Here’s what goes on behind the scenes to ensure the best energy efficient window coverings for you.
By preventing air flow and reducing light gaps, the insulating design of treatments can prevent energy loss at the window. Cellular shades are a great example of a product that stops heat right at the window. Also, the design of interior window channels helps by guiding the shades up and down the window tightly–protecting from light and heat, resulting in energy efficiency.
With the use of modern day materials created with UV protection in mind, even shades you can see through are equipped with protection from damaging rays. Choose wisely, the opacity of the fabrics you use can directly impact their level of protection. Innovation has led to quality materials that will stand the test of time and look beautiful while protecting your home.
Smart Home Technology
Too busy to adjust your shades on a daily basis? This could impact your comfort as well as your energy bill. But with smart home tech, you can set your shades to adjust automatically. This enhances the energy efficiency of your home by blocking the heat from entering during the warmest times of the day. Program your shades to allow just the right amount of light in for daylighting, but close off the rest of the window from the heat.
What Are the Best Energy Efficient Window Coverings?
Visit our energy efficient solutions page. There you will find a convenient list of window treatments that prevent energy loss and block the sun.
The design of honeycomb shades will trap air, preventing energy loss with their cell-within-a-cell technology. Your home stays cool in the summer and even prevents the drafty feeling you may experience during our Florida “winters.” Hunter Douglas offers a range of cellular options to protect your home. Choose a product based on your home’s specific climate and the placement of the window in relation to the sun.
Our high quality fabrics insulate the windows of your home with light-blocking capabilities. Not to mention, draperies can frame the window for beautiful design, closing when necessary to ensure privacy. Today’s draperies can be motorized to harness incredible control over your home’s interiors.
With layers of fabric at the window, roman shades naturally prevent the movement of air. You can experience incredible insulation and control at the window by choosing the right opacities within the fabrics.
With their latest innovation, Hunter Douglas has combined the sought-after efficiency of cellular shades with the simple operation of roller shades with the Sonnette™ collection. Roller shades are capable of blocking heat that enters the home to damage your furnishings and raise the temperature.
Interior shutters are an effective way to prevent energy loss. Sealing the window frame, light and heat are prevented from entering. By adjusting the louvers in an upward position, light is directed at the ceiling to illuminate the space without harsh sunshine and heat entering.
Is your Florida home trying to escape the intense heat of summer? We can help everyone “stay cool” with innovative ways of protecting your home with the best energy efficient window coverings. Our team at At Home Blinds & Decor can visit your home to evaluate which windows would benefit from new solutions. Our window covering specialists will help you through the process of choosing the right products for your home. Get in touch for a FREE consultation and a visit to our showroom. Get ready to enjoy your summer in the comfort of your own home.