Beat the Summer Heat with Energy-Efficient Window Treatments

With summer right around the corner and the increased amount of time people are spending at home these days, it’s important to consider the added benefits of installing energy-efficient window treatments from Budget Blinds. Aside from helping to keep you and your family cool and comfortable during the warmer summer months, adding energy-efficient window treatments will help lower your annual energy bill and may generate significant savings.  Research shows that as much as half of a home's heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows. So rather than cranking up your air conditioning to avoid uncomfortable temperatures inside your home this summer, Budget Blinds is here to help with an array of versatile shades, draperies, and shutters that are practical, energy-efficient, and stylish. Let’s take a closer look at our most popular energy-efficient window treatments.

See how cellular shades can keep cool air inside for greater overall comfort.

Also known as honeycomb shades, cellular shades are perhaps the most versatile window coverings you can buy. Known for their superb insulation properties, their innovative, hexagon-shaped cells allow these shades to filter sunlight, provide privacy and insulate your home all at the same time. With a clean, modern appearance that allows for adjustable light, you’ll enjoy the added versatility, uncompromising style, and simplicity of cellular shades. Looking for a shade solution that offers a multitude of opacity choices, from sheer, to light-filtering, to room darkening? Then turn to the light-friendly solutions of cellular shades, which are available in four lighting control options - sheer, light-filtering, room darkening, and blackout. In addition to their enhanced energy efficiency and adjustable lighting aspects, cellular shades offer excellent child safety features due to their cordless options. For those hard to reach windows the motorization option is available. You can even add an optional motorization feature that allows your shades to be set on timers or controlled with sensors to maximize or minimize heat gain, controlling your shades whether you’re home or not for energy savings. Concerned about maintaining your privacy while also preserving your view to the outside? Don’t be, because cellular shades from Budget Blinds can be ordered with our versatile dual top-down/bottom-up design for maximum versatility, making them a popular option for privacy, light control, and your view. In addition, cellular shades can be made to match unique window shapes, including angled windows, skylights, arches, hexagons, and more.

Cellular Shades in Living Room

For enhanced comfort and modern style, consider fabric Roman shades.

In addition to their exquisite beauty and timeless appeal, Roman Shades provide a barrier to heat loss and heat gain when combined with room darkening linings. From gently relaxed shades that softly curve at the bottom to streamlined modern flat-fold shades, Roman shades provide extra insulation to keep you more comfortable throughout the summer while optimizing your home’s energy efficiency. Choose from a wide variety of beautiful fabrics, including several that help provide enhanced light-filtering and room darkening, especially when combined with the right lining. You can also select from a choice of lift systems as well as our popular top-down/bottom-up option that provides even greater versatility and functionality. In addition to their enhanced energy efficiency, Roman shades can be cordless, or motorized, a wonderful choice for families with small children or pets. Looking to upgrade a room to get that “wow factor”? Roman shades can be paired beautifully by coordinating with drapery panels for an added designer touch. To help reflect your own sense of style in the design of Roman shades, Budget Blinds offers an impressive array of fabrics and styles for a truly custom look.

Roman Shade in Bedroom

Optimize energy efficiency by harnessing the power of solar/roller shades.

Made of woven fabric that’s tight enough to block out some sunlight but open enough to see through, solar shades make a beautiful style statement while also helping to keep cool air inside your home during the warmer summer months. Instead of the sun’s rays penetrating the window and entering the room, the rays are reflected and absorbed by the solar shades. In essence, solar shades serve as an effective shield against solar heat gain, thanks to their varying opacity levels, which helps to keep your energy costs down. In addition to being extremely energy-efficient, solar shades also reduce glare from the sun. While some window treatments completely block your view when they’re closed, solar shades allow you to look outside without worrying about the sun hitting your eyes. Budget Blinds offers solar/roller shades in a variety of styles and opacity levels that reduce the amount of UV light coming in through your windows. This reduction in UV light not only helps keep you more comfortable in the summer, it also helps protect your flooring and furniture from fading. For your outdoor space, our exterior solar shades can be installed on the outside of your windows, patios and porches to provide protection from the sun’s powerful heat and strong UV rays, creating a more comfortable environment for family and friends to enjoy your outdoor space.

Solar Shade in Kitchen

See how draperies can provide both exquisite style and energy efficiency.

If you want to impart a timeless style to a room with an energy-efficient window covering solution, look to our stunning collection of custom draperies and curtain panels. From subtle to dramatic styling, nothing changes a room’s décor and your home’s environment like designer-inspired drapery from Budget Blinds. Layering curtains or drapes over your existing blinds, shades or shutters offers additional energy-saving insulation while creating a more comfortable environment during warmer summer months. For combining light control with energy-efficient draperies, consider our room darkening liners, ideal for bedrooms and home theater rooms. You can even choose our motorized drapery hardware, which provide the ultimate in stylish, convenient operation, while offering enhanced safety for homes with small children and pets. With our wide selection of decorative drapery hardware, it’s both easy and affordable to create a truly customized look that fits your style, from modern to transitional or industrial to traditional. In addition, you can complement your existing furnishings with special touches from our collection of premium pillows and custom bedding for the ultimate style-statement. From enhanced energy efficiency to updated styling, transform your home this summer with drapery from Budget Blinds!

Roman Shade and Drapery Panels in Living Room

Shutters combine timeless style with enduring energy efficiency.

Budget Blinds makes it easy to enhance energy savings with an outstanding collection of energy-efficient shutters that will garner compliments from friends and family for years to come. Shutters add a premium, inviting ambiance to a room, while elevating your existing décor. Choose from designer-inspired materials and finishes that include genuine wood, polymer, composite, and custom paint colors. Our composite shutters have one of the highest R-values for energy efficiency and the best warranty in the business. And in addition to their lasting beauty, shutters provide exceptional light adjustment with their movable louvers. While all shutters will likely add to your home’s overall energy efficiency, shutters in wood or composite offer exceptional insulation properties that protect against heat gain during the summer. And because all Budget Blinds shutters are made of premium materials and finishes, you can rest assured your new energy-efficient shutters will resist swelling, shrinking, and warping. You can even choose from several different louver sizes and framing options that support a variety of trim styles, along with an optional motorized tilt function for the ultimate in sophisticated operation. Concerned about arched or round windows? Not to worry, because Budget Blinds can create custom energy-efficient shutters for arched, round or other unique window shapes.

Wood Shutters in Dining Room

As you can see, Budget Blinds makes it easy, affordable, and beautiful to enhance energy savings with an outstanding collection of energy-efficient window treatments. With summer right around the corner, now is the time to reach out to your local Budget Blinds design expert for help in creating the perfect energy-efficient solution for your home. If you thought you had to sacrifice style points for energy-efficient window treatments, then think again…and think Budget Blinds. With highly trained local franchisees and a toolbox of resources and options, we’re here to help guide you every step of the way. Our goal is to help you find a window covering solution you’ll love!

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