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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 Long Should Drapes Be?

Posted: Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 | Filed under: Custom window treatments, DIY Window Mistakes, drapery systems, interior design
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drapesAre your drapes the right length for your home? When it comes to the interior design of your home, you should assess whether or not your drapes are the correct length, to ensure your design flows properly and seamlessly throughout the room. The wrong drape length can stand out in a jarring way, against your interior design style. There are four different drapery styles to choose from that could fit your personal style in your home.
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What’s the Difference Between Curtains and Draperies?

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Curtains

Curtains

The words “curtains” and “drapes” are often used interchangeably, but they are actually quite different. Both were made to cover windows, but for different reasons.

Curtains are most often used as window coverings and are usually made of very light or sheer fabrics, but not always. Most curtains and casual and are usually the length of the window, although sometimes can be floor-length. Curtains are used because they can open and close when needed to fully see out and into the window. Because curtains are most often made with thin, light fabrics, they don’t block sunlight very well. Read more »

Fabric Window Treatments

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Fabric Window Treatments

Fabric Window Treatments

Enhance your interior décor with window treatments. The number of ways to decorate your windows is endless, especially with the variety of fabric options. Whether you like the look of straight, clean lines for a more modern feel or if you’re a bit more traditional, take a look at some of these fabric window treatment options.

Window Shades

Folding Shades are decorative and provide beauty and functionality to any room décor. There are different types of folding shades including Roman shades and honeycomb shades.

  • Roman Shades provide a clean, classical look and most commonly have a flat panel of fabric that creates soft folds when raised by overlapping folds.
  • Cellular shades or honeycomb shades are fabric shades with pleated fabric that stacks like an accordion. These shades come in different fabric options, pleat choices and of course, colors.
  • Balloon shades are similar to Roman shades in that they operate the same way, but instead of folding, the shades create billows at the bottom of the shade (when opened) to create a more romantic effect.

Folding shades can be used in a variety of ways for your home. Many use folding shades on their traditional windows and others use them in the kitchen. There are many fabric options for Roman shades, cellular shades and balloon shades. Read more »