Have you ever walked into your home and immediately go double check the thermostat to make sure you're not crazy and that it IS on the right setting? Only to have to crank up the settings, knowing they're on longer than necessary and you're dreading the utility bills? Energy saving and efficiency is one of the big topics of our time, and we have some quick and easy ways to save your time and money. Whether your goal is to keep heat in or out, here are some of our favorite ways to insulate without replacing your doors or windows.
First things first...
Check the casing. Especially on older windows and doors, the casing may need a quick little pick-me-up by caulking inside and outside for any air leaks. This is a fairly quick and easy task, and can make a big difference in temperature leaks. Once you've insured the windows and doors are secured without gaps, you can move on to the more creative and effective energy saving insulation options !
Here's Some Options...
Cellular Shades, with their folds of fabric with a pillowy look, create multiple air pockets, having the effect of a fluffy down comforter over a window, helping to effectively insulate by themselves or layered with other treatments. They come in all window shapes and sizes, with various light control levels to create the perfect setting.
Drapes come in all different fabrics and lengths. In the colder months, heavier drapes such as velvet, are a great option for locking in heat and creating a cozy atmosphere. Budget Blinds has a wide selection of custom drapes that compliment energy saving techniques, helping you save money and energy on your monthly bills. For modern looking drapes, you can add the motorized effect and easily let in natural light during the daytime, and securing your temperature by the press of a button once the sun goes down. You can also layer treatments by combining approaches. For example, adding a Drapery Panel to your Cellular Shades, which adds an additional layer of insulation.
Have you ever seen someone put down a towel or a blanket in front of a door to either stop cold air or smoke from coming into a room? That's because it works! You can actually buy door draft stoppers that are made exactly for that purpose. They come in all colors and patterns, and you just lay them on the inside of each outside entrance door to close off any gaps underneath and keep what you want INSIDE and what you don't want OUTSIDE.
In the really cold months, insulation window film is an option. The only hitch is that your window will not be clear with this thin film over top of it, so you may want to reserve these for basement or attic windows if the look bothers you. These will effectively save energy in the more extreme scenarios.In the really cold months, insulation window film is an option. The only hitch is that your window will not be clear with this thin film over top of it, so you may want to reserve these for basement or attic windows if the look bothers you. These will effectively save energy in the more extreme scenarios.
The U.S. Department of Energy reports that appropriately installed window treatments can cut heat loss by at much as 25%. The importance of Expert Measuring makes all the difference. Professional measuring and installation can be your FIRST line of defense in making your window coverings more energy efficient. Not only will we guarantee precise measurements, but we will consult on the best looking window energy saving treatments for your home, keeping you loving the atmosphere and saving energy and costs at the same time.