Energy-Efficient Window Treatment Options For Your Home

Your window treatments can be more than just a major design consideration in your house—they can also help you save money and create an over all more environmentally home. The following are a few stylish ways to take advantage of lower energy usage and the resulting savings on your electric bills.

Layer up

Layered window treatments are a favorite for many interior designers. Not only does the look of layers add more color and texture to your windows, it also allows you to better insulate the panes. For example, blinds are wonderful for micro-managing the amount of light (and heat) that comes into your home. Yet, they are boring from a design standpoint. Adding layers is the key. Hanging attractive insulated drapes over the blinds allows you to swag them open for a decorative touch and a pop of color. You can pull them back when you want more light and warmth to flow into the house, and then close them up tight when you want to block the light and excess heat. Insulated curtains also work well to block out cold, particularly when combined with blinds or shades underneath.

Add an air space

Cellular shades, sometimes called honeycomb shades, are made from several layers of fabric with an open cell between them. This open cell design means that there is a layer of insulative air built into the blinds, which helps prevent the heat or cold from outdoors from passing through the window and into your home. Most cellular shades are light in color, which means you also still get to enjoy diffused light if you don't want to pull them open completely. You can use cellular shades on their own or combine them with curtains or a valance for a more decorative look. One major benefit of cellular shades is that they can be made in a variety of shapes, which means they are a lovely energy-efficient option for covering the top of an arched window.

Install interior shutters

Plantation shutters are an excellent option if your windows tend to leak in cold outdoor air or allow air conditioned air to escape outdoors. These shutters, typically made of wood, are fitted snugly into permanent window frames. When closed, nearly all air leakage is stopped. They also block almost all light. Yet, you can still open them like mini-blinds to let in light or swing them open completely to let in maximum light and to open the window itself.

Contact a window treatment service for more help.