Hot enough for ya? Summertime has a way of spiking energy costs. Air conditioners and fans are working overtime to keep you cool and comfortable, but there’s always that feeling of dread when energy-bill time rolls around. We have a few window treatment ideas that will improve the insulation of your home, keep your thermostat in check, and help lower your energy costs.
Also known as “honeycomb shades”, cellular shades have a unique cell design that helps trap air within the shade. This maintains interior temperatures by preventing warm outside air from getting inside. Pretty cool, huh? Cellular shades are available in light filtering and blackout materials, with the latter providing a cooler result (less light, cooler interiors). There are also single and double cell materials, with double cells providing maximum insulation and temperature control.
Have drafty windows? Hang something heavy in front of them. Seems obvious, right? But not everyone is aware of this simple tip. Select a heavy fabric like wool, velvet or suede when customizing your drapery. The heavier the fabric, the more stopping power it has. Our draperies can also be customized with special linings – Privacy, Blackout, or Privacy + Interlining. While all linings will add body and weight, the Privacy + Interlining is specifically designed with a cotton flannel material for improved insulation.
Lined Roman Shades
Speaking of linings, did you know all of our roman shades can be outfitted with linings at no additional cost? This includes our Privacy + Interlining option! Since draperies and romans are made from the same fabrics, the same rules apply here: heavy fabric + lining = draft-stopping insulator.
To learn more about how custom window treatments can help insulate your home and lower energy costs, speak to one of our design consultants today.