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Can Window Treatments Improve Energy Efficiency Over the Summer?

For many, lots of windows are a main selling point of a home — and for good reason. Windows let in sunlight and connect us with the outside world. However, they can also allow air to escape, causing excessive and unnecessary energy loss, predominantly in the winter and summer months when temperatures are most extreme.

Fortunately, there is an easy and elegant way to prevent energy waste this summer, and it comes in the way of window treatments.

Energy Efficient Window Treatment Options

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, roughly 25% of annual heating and cooling costs are due to air leakage through windows. And if your home or windows are older or left completely uncovered, that percentage could be as high as 40.

Cellular Shades

By allowing you to control the amount of sunlight shining in throughout the day, cellular shades have the highest efficiency value. Especially if you opt for double cell shades, rather than single, your shades are better insulated and can keep the majority of cool air inside your home where it’s supposed to be.

Roman Shades

Roman shades are often made from thick materials that are known for being well-insulating. However, to be the most effective, experts suggest they need to stay drawn most of the day.

Shutters

Shutters have long been a favorite among people for their charming look and sleek appearance. However, few people know that they can also save on your energy costs. Often when they’re installed, shutters have little-to-no gap between them and the window itself, preventing air from flowing through.

Motorized Solar Shades

In order for your treatments to be the most energy-efficient, they should be opened and closed at specific times throughout the day. And the best way to do this is through motorization:

  • Sun sensors: If you’re worried about sun rays damaging your floor or furniture, sun sensors automatically adjust themselves throughout the day to control the amount of light coming into your home.
  • Temperature sensors: Much like the sun sensors, temperature sensors will change the height of your shades based on temperature, protecting your home from excessive heat and harmful UV rays.

At Bloomin' Blinds, our greatest priority is your comfort and satisfaction. That is why we offer a wide variety of motorized blinds, shutters, and shades to meet all your needs. Contact us today to find your nearest location!