The right window covering can save as much as 50% on your homes heating and cooling energy. R-Value- the measure of a products ability to resist heat flow, helps reduce energy and can save on heating and cooling costs. The higher the R-value the greater the insulation value.
Window treatments are an excellent way to save energy…..and utility costs. They provide insulation during the cold winter months as well as repel the heat during the summer, reduce energy consumption, lower energy bills, reduce damage on interior furnishings, and maintain a more consistent temperature inside your house. On a typical home, windows account for nearly 50% of the heat gain or loss depending on the season. Untreated windows will allow about 20 times more heat into your home than an equal amount of insulated wall space. By controlling the way the sun’s energy enters and leaves your home, you can save on energy bills in both summer and winter.
When looking for window treatments that will block out the hot sun, you’ll want to consider the “shading coefficient” which is a measure of the efficiency of the window treatment to reduce the solar heat gain. The lower the number, the less solar heat will enter your home and the lower your cooling or heating bills will be.
Wood or Faux Wood Blinds and Honeycomb Shades conserve energy better than Roller Shades or Aluminum Blinds. And the blinds and shades reduce solar heat most effectively if the surface facing the glass is a reflective color like white.