If your home is typical, it is among the more than 120 million homes five plus years old and in need of energy-efficiency updates. Since the largest portion of a home’s energy demand comes from the heating and cooling of the interior, we can help!
With as much as 50% of your home’s heating and cooling energy lost through its windows, energy efficiency is often a driving factor in calling Budget Blinds of North Winston-Salem for window treatments. Upgrading to fashionable window treatments and saving energy is a win-win for clients who choose Budget Blinds’ quality products for their home.
Today’s window coverings are more than decorative— Budget Blinds’ shades, shutters, blinds and films offer homeowners many options for cooling their homes in summer and reducing heat loss in winter, thus reducing the strain on your energy budget.
Mack Moore, franchise owner of Budget Blinds of North Winston-Salem, says, “Customers often enjoy the added benefit of energy efficiency when purchasing window treatments. Every home is different and dealing with temperature as well as solar radiation are some solutions we offer through our extensive line of Budget Blinds’ products.”
Choosing energy-efficient window treatments provides increased insulation, offering protection against heat loss during the winter and heat gain during the summer. Among Budget Blinds’ energy-saving options are:
- Cellular shades are manufactured with honeycomb-shaped pockets or ‘cells’ designed to enhance a home’s energy efficiency by keeping air from escaping or entering a home. Inert air is a poor conductor of heat helping honeycomb shades create an effective temperature barrier between the window and the room.
These shades also block damaging UV rays from a home, particularly in winter when there is little natural shade from trees.
- Plantation shutters are designed to make rooms cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Budget Blinds’ wood and composite shutters act as effective insulators. Because the shutters fit tightly in window frames, they also block the transfer of heat through air movement, or convection, creating a barrier between outside temperatures and your home’s interior.
Window film blocks 99% of damaging UV rays, reducing heat gain and protecting your furniture, fabrics, carpets and hardwood floors from damage caused by exposure to sunlight. Insulating window films are very effective at blocking certain wavelengths of sunlight, making them most useful for south- or west-facing windows. Budget Blinds’ premium window films block heat transfer in the summer months but allow for some heat and light in the winter months, all without damaging UV rays.
- Draperies can be so much more than interior decor statements. Budget Blinds offers a variety of fabrics and styles when increasing energy efficiency around windows. Draperies or stationary panels with lining and interlining – blackout lining protects from summer sun and heat, while thermally-lined drapes shut out the cold – are now fashionable parts of a room and very different from the insulated drapes of yesteryear.
Like shades and shutters, draperies are most efficient when they’re closed. However, if they’re used in conjunction with another window covering, such as a honeycomb shade or a wood blind, you can let sun in during daylight hours and effectively shut out colder air at night. Floor-to-ceiling drapes that fold back against the wall allow drapes to seal off the window, preventing drafts and loss of heat through convection.
- Since every home is different, Budget Blinds’ motorization options allow your window treatments to become energy-efficient, as they can be set on timers to maximize or minimize heat gain as needed. Automated window coverings can allow a homeowner to set times for the opening and closing of blinds and shades, and coordinate with HVAC thermostat settings to get the most energy savings from window treatments.
Moore and his team understand energy efficiency and can help clients choose the best options for their homes and provide design consultation to blend energy savings with cutting edge home fashion. Many times, a simple (free!) discussion with the homeowner to repair or replace existing window coverings or add window film is all that is needed to make a home as energy efficient as possible.
Contact Budget Blinds of North Winston-Salem, for a free consultation at 336.701.5474, or visit BudgetBlinds.com/NorthWinstonSalem.