Stay Warm with Energy-Efficient Window Coverings

There’s a new chill in the air that has you grabbing a sweater before you head out the door. It is finally wintertime and the cold months are here to stay. During these chilly months, being bundled up next to the heater while you’re reading a good book or watching a classic movie is the best feeling ever. But the worst feeling during this time is trying to keep your energy bill down. In winter months, on average, people spend 59% more on their energy bills, which can be a major hit to your bank account. But don’t worry; Budget Blinds has a solution for you with energy efficient window treatments. Budget Blinds offers a variety of energy-saving window coverings that are stylish and will help you save money in both winter and summer months by helping to regulate indoor temperatures.

Cellular and Roman Shades

Cellular shades and Roman shades are the top energy-saving window coverings. They both are very trendy and have plenty of factors that help you save money on your energy bill.

Cellular shades are also known as pleated or honeycomb shades based on their look

Cellular shades, also referred to as pleated or honeycomb shades, are designed to have dead-air spaces which increase their insulation by trapping the warm air, helping to keep you warm all winter long. Cellular shades are very versatile window covering with a variety of fabrics and colors to choose from. Budget Blinds offers various degrees of light filtering options including sheer, light filtering, room-darkening and blackout fabrics which help with privacy and insulation. When they are closed, cellular shades will help keep in the heat and make every room pleasant to be in during the cold winter months. For hot summer months, they block intense heat or they roll up all the way allowing for a view. Best of all, cellular shades can be custom-made to fit unique windows including arches and skylights. Lastly, they can have a cordless lift or one-touch remote control motorization making them easy to open and close as well as child safe.

Roman shades are similar to cellular shades and are one of the most popular windows coverings for energy efficiency. They are stylish and offer plenty of energy-saving qualities. They come in a variety of colors, prints and textures to add elegance to your home. Due to heavier fabrics, Roman shades can trap in warmth which can save you money on your electric bill by using your heater less. Also, like cellular shades, Roman shades come in various degrees of light filtering options for privacy and light control.

 Roman shades can use heavier linings if you are in a colder climate to help trap heat and keep your rooms warmer

Exterior and Interior Shutters

Exterior shutters are an investment that adds to your home’s curb appeal

Exterior and interior shutters add value to your home while protecting it. Investing in shutters can be a major bonus to your home and allow you to keep in the warmth in the winter months or control a summer breeze by adjusting the louvers.

Exterior shutters are wonderful for areas with extreme weather because they are able to add another layer of protection. Having shutters adds more to your windows by shielding them from the cold weather. They protect you from other natural elements like rain and wind, preventing physical damage to your home. Exterior shutters add more security and privacy to your home while allowing you to still enjoy your view. Best of all, exterior shutters add value to your home and upgrade your home’s curb appeal.

Interior shutters are beautiful window treatments that help with heat gain and loss for your home. They are a window covering that is made to last and save you money. Shutters will keep your energy bills low because they work as an insulation shield by preventing cold drafts and unbearable heat from entering your home. They regulate the temperature in your home so you won’t have to use the heater or air conditioner as much. Also, shutters will provide extra security because they fully cover the window when closed but still allow you to have an uninterrupted view when open. Shutters will benefit your home in many ways, making them a great choice for an efficient window treatment.\

Shutters can be layered with drapery panels to provide more privacy

Drapery

 Layering drapery with another window treatment creates a stylish window

Drapery on your windows is like having your windows wrapped up in a blanket. They are designed for insulation because their heavier fabrics allow them to keep in the heat. During cold weather, drapery can reduce heat loss from a warm room up to 10%. Also, closing your drapery at night and during the day can keep in the warmth. Another way drapery is energy saving is layering it with another window covering such as listed above to completely dress your window. It will keep in the heat and keep your rooms nice and toasty.

Saving money is essential during these cold winter months, especially with the upcoming holiday season. Energy-efficient window treatments can really help you save during the winter but also during those hot summers.