Energy Efficient Window Coverings

Energy efficient window coverings let you control the temperature of your home and office while you decorate. You can make or buy your energy efficient window coverings, or you can create an energy efficient window covering by combining different window treatments. Your needs, the way the window is used, and your budget will help guide your decision.

Saving energy is both good for the environment and your wallet. By adding energy efficient window coverings to your home, you could make a big impact upon your electric bill and heating/air conditioning bill. Energy efficient window coverings do not mean that they cannot be beautiful and pleasing to the eye. It just means that you have to be smarter in your choice, or creative in your approach, so that you can help keep your energy levels in a balance that is good for you and your budget. The good news is that there is a variety of choices in energy efficient window coverings. The bad news is that you will have to choose which ones will work for your room. What are your choices?

Blinds go along way to keeping heat inside your home and cold outside of your home by insulating the window area. There are many different kinds of blinds available from vinyl blinds to roman shades to wood blinds. The choices are endless in colors, stains, and materials. Blinds that have open slats do not work as efficiently in controlling heat and air loss, but they do offer some protection. This is why it is recommended that you choose a blind that covers the areas between the slats.

Draperies are one of the simplest energy efficient window coverings that you can choose. They come in a wide variety to help meet everyone's different d├ęcor tastes, too. Draperies can even be lined to help make them more energy efficient for your window, and even with light control better. The color of the drapes and the fabric weave can have some effect on the efficiency of the draperies, however. Medium colored draperies are more efficient at blocking heat during the summer. A lighter, looser fabric weave will not be as efficient at keeping your warmth in and the cold out during the winter months. To make your draperies as energy efficient as possible they need to be hung as close to the window area as they can to help keep the window area insulated from the rest of your home. You may even want to Velcro them at the sides and the bottom to help make them even more energy efficient.

Window film
High reflectivity window film is a great choice for windows that you do not want to block. This window film works to help keep the warmth out of your home from the sun during the summer time. East and west facing windows will benefit more from this window film than north or south facing windows. There is some room darkening with the window film, however, and some of the window film choices can largely impact visibility.

You do have to be careful about what windows you apply window film to because some windows will be damaged by the heat build-up created by the window film. Do your research before it's a problem.

Shades are another great option for making your windows more energy efficient. They work to create a barrier between the window and the rest of the room, which keeps the cold from getting inside your home during the winter and helps to keep the coolness inside your home during the summer months. As with blinds, one short coming of shades is that the space around the shade allows air infiltration that will allow the hot or cold air to move around the insulating cover.

Shutters can be a wonderful option for energy efficiency. You can find them in many different styles, both traditional and modern and the can be painted any color that you desire to help go with your decor. A friend of mine built a sliding shutter for the odd shaped window above his bedroom windows. When opened, they look like a beautiful architectural touch. When closed they look elegant and insulate those high windows wonderfully.

Energy efficient window coverings do not have to mean that you will have to choose window coverings that are not pleasing to look at. It simply means that you have to be smart with your window covering choices so that you can make your windows as energy efficient as possible. With a little extra research and time, you will find energy efficient window coverings that will look great and save you money.