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What are the Best Fall Window Treatments?

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Fall Window TreatmentsThe change of seasons brings the opportunity to embrace fall and decorate your home window treatments with a festival of fall colors, pretty pumpkins and spiced scents of the season. Not only is creating fall window treatments cost-effective and whimsical; it gives outside admirers a chance to become inspired by the nature of the season through your windows. The experts at Shading Systems have some simple ideas that will enhance your windows for fall.

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What are the Most Effective Energy Efficient Summer Window Treatments?

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summer-windowsStay cool this summer with energy efficient window treatments. Our experts share how to prevent summer heat gain in your home. Energy efficient window treatments can reduce energy costs and keep your home cool while looking fabulous at the same time. Energy efficient summer window treatments include shading awnings, blinds, draperies, mesh window screens, overhangs, shades, and shutters.

Awnings

Did you know window awnings can help reduce solar heat gain in the summer? Window awnings reduce heat up to 65% on south-facing windows and 77% on west-facing windows. Awnings can help shade a single window or shade entire side of your house. Made from synthetic fabrics such as acrylic and polyvinyl laminates, these fabrics are water-repellent, mildew-resistant, and fade-resistant. For the summer, choose a light-colored awning, as it will reflect more sunlight. Also, opaque and tightly woven to materials help increase energy efficiency.

To prevent hot air from becoming trapped around the window, awnings require proper ventilation. Grommets (eyelets) or other openings along the tops and sides of an awning can provide ventilation. If the awning opens to the sides or top this will also help to vent the hot air.

Blinds

Unlike traditional shades, the slats of interior blinds help increase energy efficiency. Blinds can control light and ventilation to help reduce summer heat gain. In fact, highly reflective blinds can reduce heat gain by 45% when closed and lowered on a sunny window. Adjust blinds to block and reflect direct sunlight onto a light-colored ceiling. This diffuses light without much heat or glare.

Typically mounted above the window, exterior blinds are generally made from wood, steel, aluminum, or vinyl. To provide shade lower these blinds completely until their slates meet. Partially raised blinds allow some air and daylight to enter through the windows.

Draperies

A drapery’s fabric can be either closed or open weave. The color you choose can affect its ability to reduce heat gain. Draperies are an energy efficient choice because they maintain a cooler temperature than other window treatments. Medium colored draperies with white plastic backings can reduce heat gain by up to 33%. Prevent heat gain during the summer by closing draperies.

Mesh Window Screens

Mesh window screens can diffuse solar radiation, reducing heat gain in the summer. Mesh window screens are particularly effective on east and west facing windows. Screens should cover the entire window and mounted in an exterior frame.

Overhangs

A roof overhang will jet out beyond the walls of the home, thereby providing protection. Roof overhangs are most effective at shading south facing windows from the summer heat. Constructing and installing an overhang can be very difficult because requires solar considerations such as latitude, climate, solar radiation transmittance, and window size and type. However, homeowners can incorporate an overhang into a home design before or while it’s under construction. Alternatives for an existing home are window awnings, louvered patio covers, or lattice-type panels.

Shades

Window shades can be one of the simplest and most effective window treatments for saving energy. Mount shades as close to the glass as possible with the sides held close to the wall to establish a sealed air space. Try lowering shades in the summer to keep rooms cool.

To better increase energy efficiency year round consider installing dual shades. Dual shades are white and highly reflective on one side, while the opposite side is dark-colored for heat absorption. Reverse shades with the season to prevent heat gain or loss. The reflective surface should always face the warmest side – outward during the summer and inward in the winter. In order to be effective, you will need to have these shads drawn out all day.

Shutters

Interior and exterior window shutters can help to prevent heat gain and loss. Similar to window blinds, louvered shutters work best for summer shading. Louvers allow ventilation and sunlight to enter a room. They also block some direct radiation, helping to keep rooms cooler. Unlike louvered shutters, solid shutters will decrease heat loss and summer heat gain. Fit shutters tightly against the window frame. This will provide an insulating air space between the shutter and the window. To maximize energy efficiency, combine shutters with other window treatments such as draperies.

 

Summer windows can help you save on energy costs in the future. These are also environmentally friendly alternatives to using air conditioning. If you are living in the greater New York City area, contact Shading Systems to keep your home cool this summer.

How To Update Your Window Treatments For Spring

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Spring window treatmentsSpring has sprung and there’s no better way to welcome in the fresh spring weather than engaging in the whirlwind of redecorating. This includes updating and changing outdated window treatments and bringing in new ones that complement your home decorations including pillows, throws, and rugs. Window Treatments are the focal point of any room, and room décor. Spring window treatments transition heavy fabrics and closed curtains of the winter into airy and lightweight fabrics that allow sunlight to peek through and warm up space. The window treatment experts at Shading Systems have gathered top design tips to give your window treatments the ultimate makeover. Learn you how to update your window treatments for spring.

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Decorative Holiday Window Treatments

Posted: Monday, December 5th, 2016 | Filed under: Holiday Window Treatments, Interior Decorating, Seasonal Window Choices, window treatments
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Holiday Window TreatmentsWhen decorating your home this holiday season, you should consider how you plan on decorating your beautiful window treatments. Windows afford many opportunities for artistic and elegant decorative skills in holiday decorating because they connect the inside and outside worlds and give people passing by a glimpse into your home.
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Advancements in Awnings

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Retractable AwningWhether you’re enjoying a hot tub in the snow or watching the rain, installing an awning for your windows and doors gives you the opportunity to enjoy activities outdoors, regardless of the weather. With this summer guide to awnings, you won’t be left in the dark about features to look for and factors to consider.
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