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.
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Window coverings are the signature of a room’s character. They set the tone of style and décor for the entire home. But making the decision on which window coverings to choose can be very overwhelming. The best place to begin is with one’s intention – one’s main criteria. Is it luxury? Is it practicality? Or is it a little bit of each. In the age of “going green” one’s main criteria may be energy conservation. When considering window coverings for energy efficiency, the question of horizontal versus vertical window blinds is inevitably raised. Which is more energy efficient? Most experts agree that vertical window blinds are more energy efficient for several reasons:
For those who live in warmer climates, vertical window blinds are superior to horizontal shades when choosing window coverings for energy efficiency. They block the sunlight from seeping unbearable heat into the house. This ability to keep the sun away is a big reason that many people choose vertical blinds over horizontal blinds. Because of their basic construction, horizontal blinds let the sun to shine downward right through the panes – allowing the light to easily enter the room.
In cooler climates, vertical window blinds are more energy efficient than horizontal blinds because of their overlapped panes – which creates a pocket between the blinds and the outdoor weather. The overlapped panes keep the heat inside the house and the cold outside of the house in the winter months and in the summer; it works similarly to keep the cool air inside of the house and the heat outside.
Again, it’s good to examine the intention for new window coverings. If one’s goal is beauty and style, then vertical blinds may not be of interest. However, if window coverings for energy efficiency are the goal, then vertical window blinds are a great choice.
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Our vast variety of beautiful, economical roller window shades range from honeycomb cellular shades that offer great residential energy efficiency to our Roman Shades which combine the insulating benefits of a cellular shade with the beauty of drapery fabrics. The Wood Woven Shades are made of natural materials for a relaxed and contemporary look. Vinyl fabrics in our Roller Window Shades provide blackout power –privacy when you want it and the sun when you choose. If soft fabrics suit your style, the superior pleat retention of our Window Pleated Shades gives crisp, clean lines. Or try our Horizontal Shades which combine the softness of a cellular honeycomb shade and the functionality of a horizontal blind. No matter which Blinds OnTime window treatment shades you choose, we guarantee you’ll get a quality
our Cellular Honeycomb Shades feature a unique patented design that is durable and provides residential energy efficiency. The insulating characteristics of the honeycomb cellular shades keep the warmth in during the winter months and the heat out during the summer blocking 99%of damaging rays.
Choose a translucent cellular honeycomb shade to gently bathe your room with light or a room dimming fabric to give a more private feel. You’ll be in awe of the warm, textured effect your room will take on with these amazing honeycomb shades.
Our Woven Wood shades give the room a relaxed and contemporary look at the most affordable price around. Our natural woven shades combine artistic style and high quality materials with and interesting array of wood variations. You’ll delighted with the choices of grains, stains, and whites that are available in a smooth or textured finish in our woven shades allowing you to match the look and feel of your decor. our woven shades have an exotic style that adds texture and a sense of simple elegance to any room.
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1- It is said that the Venetian blinds came from Persia. In France, Venetian blinds are known as “les persienes.”
2- John Hampson of New Orleans gets credited for inventing or patenting a device to change the angle of a Venetian blinds’ slats that continues in use today.
3- One of the largest orders for Venetian blinds ever placed was to supply blinds for the windows of the Empire State Building in New York City.
4- All the curtain rods in the movie, “Gone With The Wind” were Kirsch rods.
5- The amount of insulation a product offers against heat loss in a home is represented by its R-value. Honeycomb shades have high R-value.