Energy Efficient Window Treatments for Summer
Gee, it sure was nice seeing the sun for a few hours on Mother’s Day. As we enter a second consecutive week with a forecast showing not much but rain and clouds, we’re longing for the bright sun of the impending summer months. (Of course, we’ll probably regret that when we’re in the insta-sweat stages of July and August Maryland humidity…but for now we want the sun.) When those insta-sweat months do come around, our homes will become one of few air conditioned safe havens. Of course, to maximize those cool zones without breaking the bank on your energy bill, you’ll need some top-notch energy efficient window treatments. We, with the help of our friends at Hunter Douglas, have you covered there. (Pun intended.)
What Makes for an Energy Efficient Window Treatment?
In the summertime, it’s mostly about shade when it comes to energy efficient window treatments. Solar heat gain is hugely responsible for raising indoor temperatures, making your air conditioning unit work harder to maintain comfortable temperatures. As much as 50% of your heating and cooling energy can escape through untreated or improperly treated windows.
The ability to block sunlight is crucial in determining the worth of an energy efficient window treatment. Simply sitting in the shade on a hot day can feel 10°-15° cooler than in the sun, so you can imagine the effects of sunlight beating into your house through multiple windows, creating hot spots that will radiate heat throughout the day.
It’s not all about shade, though. The second factor, and one that helps with energy efficiency a lot more in the winter, is insulation. But that isn’t to say it can’t help in summer too. Just like a good window covering will help prevent your home’s heat from escaping even the slightest of drafty windows, it does the same in keeping air conditioning in and the Maryland summer heat out.
Energy Efficient Window Treatment Options
Speaking broadly, any window treatment is better than no window treatment for blocking the sun’s heat. However, some work much better than others. The U.S. Department of Energy put together a list of some of the most effective window treatments for reducing energy consumption, among which are The Vertical Connection offerings such as blinds, draperies, shades, and shutters — all courtesy of the nation’s leader in window treatments, Hunter Douglas. You can find that complete list right here with deeper details and statistics about heat gain and energy savings.
To get a little more specific, our partners at Hunter Douglas also put together a few tidbits about energy efficient window treatments, found here. They also know a thing or two about controlling solar heat gain, with a list of all the styles they offer that can not only help prevent solar heat gain in the summer, but also facilitate it in the winter, reducing your heating costs when the weather cools back down.
As for us, if you don’t know by now, we have dozens upon dozens of Hunter Douglas window treatment options, each of which will help you control your home’s temperature a bit better this summer. Feel free to stop by our showroom in Columbia to see some samples and maybe even grab some advice from our highly experienced staff.
Oh Right — The Best Part!
We almost forgot! Remember those friends at Hunter Douglas we mentioned? They’re working with us to give you a $100 rebate on select purchases of light-transforming window treatments through the end of June! Talk about some good friends.
Energy Efficient Window Treatments for your Columbia, MD home
Since 1977, our family-owned business has been providing the homeowners of Columbia, Ellicott City, Clarksville and the surrounding Howard County and Maryland areas with one of a kind service in the areas of kitchen and bathroom cabinets,window treatments, carpets, and flooring! Whether you already have an idea in mind or you need help in the right direction,The Vertical Connection Carpet One is ready to help make your vision a reality.
Also, take advantage of our current Hunter Douglas special. We’re offering a $100 rebate on select purchases of light-transforming window fashions through 6/27/16!