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Cut Your Heating and Cooling Expenses with Window Treatments

Cut Your Heating & Cooling Expenses O Window Treatments with Staying Comfortable Can Be Costly Almost half of the About 40% of unwanted indoor heat comes energy use in the average U.S. home goes toward heating and cooling through windows Installing window coverings can save you money on your energy bills What Is Most heat gain comes from solar energy, Heat Gain? particularly in the summer Heat gain is the amount of heat that is added to Greater heat gain a space from a heat- producing source means higher costs for cooling your building What Is Heat loss occurs when Heat Loss? warm air flows from inside of a building to the outside Some common areas of heat loss include ventilation sources, doors, and windows Heat loss can lead to higher heating costs in the winter Why Choose Window Coverings? Reflective window films block wanted heat gain in winter Window tinting can affect the appearance of your windows Wall insulation can be costly and isn't an option for all buildings What Are My Window Covering Options? Blinds Interior blinds can reduce heat loss in the winter and are even better at stopping heat gain in the summer When lowered and closed on a sunny window, highly reflective blinds can reduce heat gain by as much as 45% Draperies Draperies can reduce heat gain by about a third and heat loss by 10% The fabric type and color can influence how effectively drapes reduce heat gain and loss Shades Shades are among the simplest and most effective options for reducing your heating and cooling costs Cellular shades can reduce heat gain and loss by creating dead air space and can be exceptionally energy efficient Shutters The dense structure of shutters makes them very effective at preventing heat loss and gain Shutters also offer light control, protection from weather, increased security, and aesthetic appeal Provided by: BUILDER'S DRAPERY SERVICE buildersdrapesandblinds.com Sources: energy.gov/energysaver/energy-efficient-window-treatments energy.gov/public-services/homes/heating-cooling shrinkthatfootprint.com/home-heat-loss washingtontimes.com/news/2012/feb/9/ cover-story-window-treatments-combine-energy-effic/ %24

Cut Your Heating and Cooling Expenses with Window Treatments

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Blinds, draperies, shades, and shutters are all popular window treatment options, but which one is right for your needs? You can compare these options by checking out this window coverings infographic.

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