October 18, 2012

The Savings of Energy-Efficient Window Treatments

We all know October is celebrated as National Energy Awareness Month. But it’s important to keep in mind that changes can be made at any time to achieve savings related to energy efficiency at your home. One of the easiest ways to do this is to invest in energy-efficient window treatments that will insulate your home while also creating a more aesthetically appealing look at your residence. The certified window treatment professionals at Hirshfield’s are ready to help you turn your actions into results by helping you pick out the best, high-efficiency window treatments for your home!

Window Treatments as Insulation

Energy-efficient window treatments play a crucial role in maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures and reducing energy costs. Up to 40% of heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer occurs through windows. By decreasing heat loss and heat gain, these window treatments effectively lower heating and cooling expenses. The R-value, which measures a product’s resistance to heat flow, becomes particularly significant during the colder months. For instance, a bare, low-e double-glazed window has an R-value of approximately 3.5. However, window treatments from Hunter Douglas have received a certification from the Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC) for their interior window coverings. Some of the leading energy-efficient window treatment styles include cellular shades, Roman shades, side panels and drapery, and shutters.

Honeycomb Shades Are a Great Choice for Your Home

The most energy-efficient window treatments have a honeycomb construction. These treatments have cells that trap hot or cold air, which helps reduce the temperature impact when it enters the room. For example, a honeycomb shade with a triple cell construction can enhance the energy efficiency of a single-pane window by five times and more than double the energy efficiency of a double-glazed window.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) measures how much solar heat passes through a window. A lower SHGC indicates less solar heat transmission, which can keep a home cooler during the hot summer months. For instance, a bare, double-glazed window has an SHGC of 0.76, meaning it allows 76% of solar heat to pass through. However, many of the leading energy-efficient window treatments offer clean, contemporary lines that will reduce heat gain in a room and help filter sunlight.

High-Quality Window Treatments Will Filter Natural Light

UV exposure poses risks not only to our skin but also to our furnishings, floors, and valuable artwork. Fortunately, the majority of Hunter Douglas products offer fabric options that effectively filter out 99% of these harmful rays when in the closed position. Additionally, popular window fashions like Silhouette® window shadings and Luminette® Privacy Sheers can block up to 86% of UV rays even in the open-vane position, providing significant protection for your interiors.

Roller Shades: Style Meets Efficiency

Roller shades add a touch of style to your windows while providing some insulation. While not as insulating as cellular shades, they serve well for privacy, room darkening, and blocking sunlight. These versatile options offer a range of fabrics, colors, and weaves to complement your interior design.

Window Blinds: Managing Light and Heat

Window blinds, whether vertical or horizontal, excel at reducing summer heat gain and managing daylight indoors. While not as effective in preventing heat loss, their adjustable slats allow for control over glare, light, and solar heat gain. Highly reflective blinds can be particularly efficient when closed and lowered on sunny windows.

Shutters: Style and Substance

Interior shutters contribute to both aesthetic appeal and energy efficiency. With their solid construction, shutters provide insulation and can be adjusted to control light and ventilation. The timeless charm of shutters enhances your home’s interior while promoting energy savings.

Draperies: Aesthetic and Functional

Curtains and drapes, when strategically chosen, contribute to energy efficiency. Medium-colored draperies with white-plastic backings can significantly reduce heat gains during summer days. In winter, conventional draperies can help retain heat, enhancing the overall thermal comfort of your home.

Choosing the Right Window Treatments

Navigating the world of window treatments can be overwhelming, but at Hirshfield’s, our experienced team is here to guide you. Whether you’re drawn to the modern simplicity of roller shades, the classic elegance of shutters, or the versatile functionality of blinds, we have the perfect solution for your energy-efficient home.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much energy can I really save with energy-efficient window treatments?

The savings vary, but well-insulated treatments like cellular shades can reduce heat loss by up to 40% during winter and minimize solar heat gain by 60% in summer.

Are these treatments suitable for bow windows?

Absolutely! Energy-efficient window treatments are available in a variety of styles, including those suitable for bow windows. Our design experts can help you find the perfect fit.

Can I install these treatments myself?

While some treatments are DIY-friendly, professional installation ensures optimal performance. Our skilled technicians guarantee a perfect fit for your chosen window treatments.

Save Energy at Your Home With Experienced Window Treatment Experts

Hirshfield’s Window Fashions stands as the leading provider of Hunter Douglas window treatments in the Midwest. With numerous showrooms across Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Iowa, we ensure that the support you seek is readily accessible. For comprehensive information on our diverse product range, we invite you to get in touch with us today and arrange a consultation, devoid of any obligations. Our knowledgeable team is eager to address your inquiries and offer a complimentary project estimate, enabling you to make an informed decision about enhancing your energy-efficient window solutions.

Hirshfield’s is your local Minneapolis-St. Paul paint retailer. The paint experts at Hirshfield’s are here to help you with everything from window-treatments to paint colors. Hirshfield’s manufactures paint right here in Minneapolis.

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