What Are The Most Energy Efficient Window Treatments?
The effectiveness of insulating blinds and shades have dramatically increased in recent years. Although there are numerous options among the variety of window treatments to choose from, blinds, drapes, shutters and shades, honeycomb (also known as cellular) shades are, by far, the most prominent energy efficient solution. In recent years, manufacturers have put considerable effort into research and development of improved insulating products, not just in the area of energy efficiency but aesthetics as well. Even if you can’t find the perfect honeycomb shades for your homes style, mixing and matching of window treatments can be your answer. So, if you are looking for energy efficient window treatments, we highly recommend you begin your search with honeycomb shades.
Do Energy Efficient Blinds or Shades Make a Good Investment?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), windows are the costliest feature in your home in terms of energy loss. The DOE estimates that heating and cooling costs due to windows account for 25% to 40% of your entire annual heating and cooling bill. Investing in energy efficient window treatments not only can make your home more aesthetically pleasing but also save you money over time.
How do energy efficient shades work?
The secret behind the honeycomb shade is its cell structure. Each cell is comprised of inert air which acts as an insulating barrier to the outside heat or cold. Generally speaking, the larger the cell, the more air that can act as a barrier, thus more efficiency. In recent years, manufacturers have introduced double and triple cell technology, providing more protective layers of insulating air for even greater insulating efficiency. By creating these small pockets of inert air, an insulating barrier provides your home with higher thermal comfort as well as other features such as, and for many most importantly, a more aesthetically pleasing interior for their home. Our designers can show you samples of energy efficient products and can answer any questions you may have regarding the right energy efficient solution for your windows!
Are energy efficient shades cost effective?
There are numerous studies showing the value of energy efficient shades with an almost unanimous conclusion, energy efficient shades work. It is a matter of basic science. Typical windows do not provide substantial energy insulation and as stated earlier are the worst source of energy loss in your home. Window treatments can increase the R-Value from 3.45 to 5.00 reportedly, thus creating an insulating barrier and reducing heat transfer by 55% to 65%. There are too many variables in calculating cost effectiveness, however. The number of windows in your home, age of home, energy efficiency of existing windows, and more. It is safe to say, that in almost any case, energy efficient shades will pay for themselves over time. Our designers will work with you to help understand the possible gains you will get from owning energy efficient blinds or shades.
Can energy efficient shades be motorized?
Absolutely. There are numerous options for motorization of your energy efficient shades, and with so many advances in technology, the costs for motorized shades may be less than you think. Top down motorized shades are very popular, allowing you to automate the opening of your shades from the top rather than the bottom, thus maintaining privacy while providing natural light and opening up the home to natural views. Timing of open and closed shades can be set for certain times of day, and even controlled remotely from an ap for those times your away from the home unexpectantly. Our designers are well trained on the latest motorization and home automation technologies, providing you with all the information you need to make the right choice!
Which Hunter Douglas Window Treatments Are The Most Energy Efficient?
The original single- and double-honeycomb Duette® shades come in multiple cell sizes, a horizontal or Vertiglide™ vertical orientation, and a range of light-control options from sheer to opaque.
Alustra® Collection of Duette®
The honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb design offers energy savings in both winter and summer. Choose from the largest selection of fabrics, colors and pleat sizes. Vertiglide™ options also available.
Alustra® Collection of Duette® Architella®
The Alustra® Collection of Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades fuse function with style. Unique fabrics are layered together in the Architella construction to create a distinctive look with superb energy efficiency bringing stunning practicality to each room in your home.
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades feature consistent folds and no exposed rear cords, keeping windows uncluttered. Choose from different fold styles and sizes, and a horizontal or vertical orientation.
Alustra® Collection of Vignette®
The dramatic look of The Alustra® Collection of Vignette® Modern Roman Shades make a room. Exclusive fabrics, rich textures and a finished look with no exposed cords make these shades a defining fashion statement.