What Window Treatments Provide the Best Insulation?
Although winters in the Pacific Northwest are relatively mild, it still gets quite cold here. And although your furnace will help keep your home warm and comfortable, your glass windows won’t slow the transfer of heat. In fact, according to Energy.gov, around 30% of a home’s heating energy is lost through windows. So, to provide your home with more insulating power when Old Man Winter hits, consider insulating window treatments.
There are a variety of drapes and shades on the market that are designed to provide an extra layer of insulation for your home, which we’ll talk about in this blog post.
Thermal curtains are made of thick and heavy materials and are designed to help prevent warm air from escaping your home and keep cold air out. They also help block UV rays and reduce noise pollution. When you are shopping for thermal curtains, you’ll want to pay attention to their “R-Value”. This number indicates how energy-efficient it is. The higher the R-value, the better the insulation they provide.
If you’re interested in shades rather than drapes, your best option is cellular shades. They get their name and insulating power from their honeycomb design, which helps trap air. You can choose from single-cell shades, double-cell shades, and triple-cell shades.
Roller shades are ideal for all seasons because of their versatility. They have one reflective side and another that absorbs heat, so you can flip them around as the seasons change. Roller shades, which often come motorized, also add privacy.
Window shutters are another great way to add insulation to your windows as they trap cold air between your window and the shutter. They are installed snugly on the inside of your window frame and when opened they allow for light filtration.
Roman shades hang flat against your window when down, and fold up horizontally when not in use. While very classy looking, these shades are also great insulators. When winter approaches, select a thermal fabric for your Roman shades.
Energy-Efficient Window Coverings
Every winter, you bring out your sweaters, hats, and gloves to stay warm. Similarly, it’s a good idea to dress your home for the cold. If you’re looking for ways to prepare your windows for the cold, rainy, and sometimes snowy winters we experience, contact Accent Verticals.
We have a wide variety of window treatments, including energy-efficient ones that will help reduce your heating costs this winter.