Does your home tend to get particularly cold or hot during the year? Perhaps you find that you spend more money than you really want to on cooling and heating? If that’s the case, you ought to consider energy efficient window treatments. Having the right window coverings can make a big difference to your comfort level and your utility bill.
So, let’s discuss the most energy-efficient treatments on the market for your home’s windows.
1. Plantation Shutters
Just like different fabrics used for cellular shades, discussed below, the R-value (or energy efficiency) of a window shutter usually depends on the composition of the material. For instance, wooden shutters have a lower R-value compared to vinyl shutters. So, if you have your heart set on custom shutters for your home’s windows, but you want optimum energy efficiency, vinyl will be the way to go.
Reports show that R-values for shutters usually range from 2.77 for wood up to 3.17 for vinyl. Plantation shutters, though, have an R-value that goes as high as 4.0 when installed properly in a single pane window, which means maximum energy efficiency and temperature control in a room.
2. Cellular Shades
There’s no doubt that cellular shades tend to be the most energy efficient window treatments on the market. Cellular shades come in a huge array of fabrics, such as double and single cell fabrics, which means the R-value is based on the fabric that you choose. For instance, double cell shade fabrics offer considerably more energy efficiency than single cell shade fabrics.
Overall, the most common range of R-values for cellular shades is from 2.0 to 5.0. On the bottom end of the range, the cellular shades tend to offer double the value of insulation in your window. On the other end of the range, though, you get four times the insulation value which means exceptional energy efficiency for your home.
3. Roller Shades
Roller shades come in a range of different patterns, from solar screen shades to blackout varieties, decorate roller shades, light filtering varieties and more, which each one carrying a different R-value for energy efficiency. Depending on the composition of the fabric, the roller shade R-values usually range from 1.3 to 1.8.
One of your best options is blackout blinds and shades that are installed with side channels to eliminate any gaps between the windowsill and the shade. This will be the most energy efficient for any home. Solar screen shades are also highly effective when it comes to reduce solar transmittance and upping solar reflectance. The result is that the amount of heat that filters in is reduced, as is the glare. Light filtering and decorative varieties, however, won’t offer maximum energy efficiency.
When it comes to the best energy efficient treatments for your windows, cellular shades and blinds are the way to go. If you don’t particularly like them, then you’ll be happy to know that roller shades and shutters offer energy efficiency to help save on your cooling and heating costs.
The choice is yours, but fortunately, there are plenty of options to suit your budget, your décor and your energy efficiency requirements.