Did you know by adding a window treatment over your window, you have a better chance of conserving energy in your home? Be sure your house is keeping in the heat by following these simple steps for better insulating your home:

  • Think Like a Bee
    Did you know cellular shades have insulating qualities to help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer? The construction of cellular shades, which are also known as honeycomb shades, make them an energy saving window treatment. Other excellent window covering choices for preventing heat loss are roller shades with lining or Roman shades with lining.
  • Consider Custom Shutters
    Wood or composite shutters offer the next best option to cellular shades for insulating your home. Shutters also provide excellent light control, and they coordinate with virtually any décor style.
  • Bundle window treatments
    Combine classic window treatments, like a cellular shade, a drapery panel, and a close-fitting cornice, to further enhance chill busting. When spring comes, switch heavy draperies for sheers and lighter fabrics. Remember, appropriately installed window treatments can cut heat loss by up to 25% according to the U.S. Department of Energy.*
  • Find and Seal Air Leaks
    Weather strip and caulk windows to seal air leaks and help eliminate drafts. Check for air leaks in other areas, too. For example, your roof. Something you may want to look into to help solve this issue is a company that provides a services like spray foam roofing contractors. Through this, they can create a permanent barrier to heat loss and air entry. The most common places for air leaks also include pipes around plumbing, unfinished gaps near cupboards, closets, and spaces surrounding lighting fixtures.

Every home is different, and window stripping and caulking procedures can vary depending on the size and location of your house. Be sure to check your ventilation needs for indoor air quality. **

Window coverings add an inviting finishing touch to any room, and during winter they can help keep your home warm and cozy. To update your window coverings, schedule a free in-home consultation today by visiting www.budgetblinds.com/request-consultation today!

Sources:
*U.S. Department of Energy, Window Draperies, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. Retrieved November 29, 2011 from http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/windows_doors_skylights/index.cfm/mytopic=13530
** U.S. Department of Energy, Weather Stripping, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. Retrieved November 29, 2011 from http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/windows_doors_skylights/index.cfm/mytopic=13530