With spring only a few days away, most of us can breathe a sigh of relief — the days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and summer is right around the corner.
With the start of a new season comes a fresh opportunity to find ways to save energy and money, starting with your windows.
Saving on Energy Costs this Spring
According to the Department of Energy, windows are responsible for 25%–30% of a home’s heating and cooling loss throughout the year. And while the efficiency of your window frame plays a role in this (such as windows that don’t fit properly or need new caulking), window treatments also play a surprising role in your home’s energy efficiency.
Top-Rated Energy-Efficient Window Treatments
Simply having window treatments already improves your energy efficiency. However, some options are still more ideal than others.
- Insulated cellular shades: Also known as honeycomb shades, these are one of the best choices for window coverings, as they also offer optimal light and temperature control.
- Roller shades: As one of our most popular options at Bloomin’ Blinds, roller shades block light, preventing the sun from naturally raising the temperature of your house.
- Roman shades: From cloth fabrics to wood and natural materials, heavier fabrics typically offer better thermal performance and are effective for privacy, blocking sunlight, in addition to room darkening.
The Many Benefits of Motorization
Window treatments are only beneficial if they’re being used the right way. If you’re not home to open and close them at the right time, they may not be providing as much comfort as you think.
Say, for example, you leave for work early in the morning — you’re left with two options: leave your treatments open all day and into the night, or keep them closed all day and block out sunlight that could be heating your home.
With motorized treatments, you no longer have to choose! Now, homeowners can program their treatments to open in the morning and close once the sun starts to set (or vice versa). This lets the house naturally warm up during the day and gives the appearance that someone is home come nightfall.
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!