I Need to Control Room Temperature

Different areas of your house have different temperature needs, and your windows have a lot to do with that!  Windows to the south soak up the sun, making certain rooms uncomfortably hot in the summer or during certain times of day.  Window with northern exposure can feel too cool, especially during the winter.  Furthermore, windows are one of the greatest contributors to energy loss in homes.

 

The right window coverings can help control room temperatures and greatly reduce energy costs.  The honeycomb design of cellular shades offers an insulating barrier between your window and your room; light-filtering shades diffuse the light while insulating your room, keeping it cool in the summer and warm in the winter without restricting the natural light from flooding the room.  When certain fabrics are used, draperies can also be a good insulator for temperature control.  Draperies keep rooms cooler in the summer, in part because their pleats and folds lose heat through convection.
In our southern climate, vertical and horizontal window blinds are a great choice for reducing heat during the summer months because the slats can be easily adjusted to control light and ventilation.  According to energy.gov, when completely closed and lowered on a sunny window, highly reflective blinds can reduce heat gain by around 45%.
If you schedule a free consultation, one of our window coverings experts will help you determine which solutions works best for controlling temperatures and reducing the energy bills in your home or office.

 In the Summer and the Winter

I have lots of windows in my kitchen, and the sun shines in all afternoon, heating up the whole room. I know draperies are a good insulator, but they’re just not appropriate for my kitchen, what else can I do?

When it comes to the top insulating window coverings, Honeycomb shades are a smart choice.. The cellular design traps a layer of air and acts as a buffer between the window and the room. This unique insulating design keeps the room keeps the heat out in the summer and the cold during the winter. Choose a double cell for extra insulation.

Roman shades and Vignette shades are also good products for reducing heat or insulating from the cold.  When lowered, they act as “blankets” over your windows.  Plantation shutters are good insulators (when the louvers are tilted shut) due to the thickness of the materials used in their construction.