Windows let in light and improve the ambiance of your home, but they’re one of the least energy-efficient parts of your property. While it’s hard to imagine a home without windows since they provide important safety protection and improved lighting, windows do allow quite a bit of air to leak out. As much as 25% of a home’s energy is lost through the windows. In the winter when you’re working hard to keep your home warm and toasty, what can you do to stop this energy loss? Window treatments can help, if you shop carefully for the right ones. Here are some ways you can use your window treatments to stop heat loss and keep your home cozy throughout the winter season.
Cellular shades are window shades that have a honeycomb pattern. This shape traps air within the pockets created, preventing it from transferring through the window. This creates an added barrier between your home, the window, and the outside air. These shades have been around since the 1970s, but many people don’t realize they are actually a very energy-efficient option. Shades with two cells work even better than shades with one, but both are quite effective.
Drapes add a sense of fashion to your window, and they can help block heat loss or heat gain. By closing your drapes at night when you are more likely to lose heat out of the windows, then opening them during the day to let the sun naturally warm your home, you can increase your home’s energy efficiency significantly. Drapes can reduce heat loss by as much as 10%, and they also add an elegant look to your space.
Shutters aren’t just for the outside of your home. They can also be used on the interior as a window covering. Shutters create fewer gaps than traditional blinds, helping to trap air before it reaches your home. This can help keep the cold air outside where it belongs. Shutting the shutters at night will help keep the temperature inside your home more comfortable. In the morning after the air has had a chance to warm from the sun, open them to let in the light and warmth.
A final option to consider is Roman shades. When made from thick enough material, these fabric shades can block the unwanted cold from entering your home. Of course, they only work when closed fully, but they provide the freedom to open just a portion at a time to add some protection while also allowing some sunlight in.
During the winter, you’re going to find that your windows are the biggest source of drafts and other problems. By paying attention to your window coverings, you can take charge of the warmth and comfort of your home.
For more expert tips to control your home’s warmth this winter, reach out to the team at Total Remodeling Systems. Call us at 1-877-309-8445 or contact us online for help making your home as efficient as possible.