energy efficient window treatments

Are you looking for inexpensive ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency? Consider installing energy-efficient window treatment on your drafty windows. This technique can be used to lower your energy bills.

Here are some window coverings that might help you save money. However, there are other factors to consider when selecting window treatments. 

Roman Shades

Roman shades are considered an energy-efficient window treatment because this type of shade has thick fabric and folds. 

In addition, Roman shades are designed to fit neatly within or outside the window casing. In essence, they provide another protective layer between your window and the interior of your room. 

A Roman shade will keep warm air from escaping during the winter and conditioned air from escaping during the summer – especially if you opt for a thermal backing on your shades.

Of course, Roman shades keep direct sunlight from entering the room, as true for most insulated window coverings.

Draperies or Curtains

blackout curtains

Draperies or curtains made of thick fabric can improve the energy efficiency of your space. Of course, thicker material will reduce fossil fuel consumption. 

If you want more insulation, you can layer your draperies or add a thermal or white-plastic backing, which is known to reduce heat gains in the summer by over 30%. Of course, ensure the drapes cover the entire window frame to maximize energy bill savings. 

And if you are looking for energy-efficient window coverings with room-darkening benefits, thick dark draperies are your best bet. 

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades were created after the energy crisis of the 1970s. The honeycomb cells of cellular shades are structured to trap air and provide insulation. 

These tight air pockets can reduce heat loss by more than 40%. But they are also helpful during the summer, as cellular shades can reduce solar heat by 60% when closed. 

Regarding light control, cellular shades come in a large variety of options. For example, you can choose sheer, light-filtering, room-darkening, and blackout cellular shades. 

Solar Shades (Or Roller Shades)

grey roller shades

Made to diffuse harsh sunlight, solar shades keep harmful UV rays out of your home to protect your furnishings and skin. 

Solar shades are measured by how tightly the fabric is woven. For example, a 5% solar shade, for example, allows 5% of UV rays to enter your home while blocking 95% of UV rays.

So, if you want to save energy during the summer and let fewer UV rays in your home, you should choose solar shades that block the highest percentage of UV rays. 

Solar shades and quality window treatments are costly! Wouldn’t you rather spend money on new windows that maximize natural light instead of buying “energy efficient blinds” that block your views?

We Can Help You Install an Energy-Efficient Window Treatment!

We have told you a lot about energy-efficient window coverings. However, the best way to improve energy efficiency – while letting in a lot of natural light – is to replace your old drafty windows with new vinyl windows

Quit researching the best energy-efficient shade and give Woodbridge Home Solutions a call. We can help you with your energy loss woes while letting more sunlight into your home.