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.

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.

Shop at Home

Contact Us Today for a FREE Virtual Consultation.
Get a Free Consultation
Customer Reviews

We’ve Served Countless Satisfied Customers Over Generations

I have come to rely on the staff at Hirshfield’s Design Resource for their fabulous customer service and variety of products. The service is always friendly, timely and professional.

As a designer, their advice on window treatments is forever appreciated, and they are always able to show me something new in the displays and samples. They provide quick and accurate estimates, measurements and suggestions when I am struggling with a budget. The final product and installation has been nothing but flawless on every project.

I truly value what they continue to bring to our design community!

Pamela Kilian
Simply Designed

Want to give a shout out to Madi. Madi took a pretty awful experience and made it right for us. We had ordered cordless blinds and over half of them did not work right or hang right. Madi helped us return all the blinds and reordered a new product for us which we are very happy with. Madi was persistent in helping us get the issues we experience resolved.

She is always so warm and friendly and definitely puts her customers first. Thanks Madi you are a gem! Also want to add that my overall experience with Hirshfield's in St. Cloud has been an excellent experience. They made things right and put their customers first!

Kim Kaluza

Greg is amazing! We have worked with him throughout the years on both existing homes and new builds and we could not be happier. One of the things I appreciate about Greg is that he gets us to really think about how we will use our space, not just now but in the future when the kids get older. This has honestly has saved us from making some pretty big design mistakes. Finding durable fabrics and pieces is important to us while we have a preschooler running around, yet on the other hand, our teens have a different use for the space.

He is able to make it all work together seamlessly by understanding the space and its function. He has a fresh and distinctive feel to his work and builds in a variety of styles. I HIGHLY recommend working with Greg out of the gate, you will not be sorry. I honestly don't know what we do without his help;)

Kim Strout
Swipe for More
Schedule A Free In-Home Consultation
Call Us Today: (651) 366-6969