Information on an incredibly stylish and practical product for your home.
Benefits of Window Treatments
Window treatments come in all shapes and sizes and serve many purposes. Not only are they used as a decorative touch, they're also an excellent source of energy efficiency as well as a preventative against sun damage.
- Window treatments aid in the reduction of heat loss during the winter and regulating heat gain during the summer.
- Better interior temperature control results in a reduction in utility bills.
- Treatments protect a room's interior from the effects of the sun’s rays that lead to the fading of carpet, furniture, wall hangings, and accessories.
- Window treatments provide privacy from neighbors and strangers walking or driving past the home.
- A window treatment has a direct impact on the environment and natural resources.
Examples of Window Treatment Options and Benefits:
- Blinds – During the summer, blinds work well providing flexibility as slats can be adjusted to be opened fully or at a slant allowing the regulation of how much light and fresh air enters a room. The blinds can be completely closed during the hottest part of the day providing shade and to prevent heat filtering in through the window. Blinds can also be raised or lowered to adjust how much light enters the home.
- Shades – Unlike slat-style blinds, shades provide a solid covering to the window providing a high level of privacy as well as preventing sun damage to the interior. Shades are a good source for preventing winter heat loss as there are no slats for air to seep through. During the summer, while shades are capable of preventing direct sunlight into a room, they do not have as much flexibility as slat-type blinds in adjustability.
- Drapes – Drapes can work as both a deterrent to both heat gain and heat loss depending on the type of material chosen. While delicate sheers are a beautiful addition, the material will not maintain interior sun and temperature management as efficiently as closed weave material.
- High-Reflective Film – The film is available in colors or with a mirror-like appearance. Both provide energy efficiency during the summer and protection of a room’s contents from the penetrating rays of the sun. Of the two types, the silver mirror film has more reflective impact.
When making an investment in a window treatment, consider that each type has its own pros and cons depending on the climate, material, and flexibility when it comes to providing benefits to your home.