Can Exterior Shades Save on Energy Costs?

Outdoor window shades

Windows are such a crucial aspect of our home that large ones are often a selling point for many home buyers. And while they let in natural light and beautiful views, they also allow air to escape — air that you’re paying to heat and cool.

Fortunately, window treatments are a simple solution to energy loss. And while most people have blinds and shades inside their homes, exterior shades are becoming more popular each year.

Saving on Energy Costs This Summer

Sun shades, blinds, solar screens — no matter what you call them, outdoor window treatments all have one thing in common: they can help reduce the temperature of your home. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy has found that roughly 25% of annual heating and cooling costs are due to air leakage through windows. If your home or windows are older or left completely uncovered, that percentage could be as high as 40.

By blocking heat and energy before it even hits your window, outdoor shades significantly reduce energy costs and keep your home cool. They also shield your spaces from irritating glare, blinding sunlight, and UV rays that can fade your furniture and floor.

Installing Exterior Shades

Exterior shades do more than just help you save on energy costs, they can also help you utilize outdoor spaces when the sun is at its strongest.

With summer finally here, now is the perfect time to install exterior shades in:

  • Patios
  • Pergolas
  • Balconies
  • Sun rooms

Motorized Options

Looking for a way to improve your energy efficiency even more? With motorized treatments, you can program your blinds and shades to open in the morning and close once the sun starts to set (or vice versa).

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!