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Guide to Choosing Window Shutters

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The benefits of window shutters in Panama City Beach, FL are that they add functionality to your home and they increase the curb appeal of your home. Functional window shutters increase the privacy of your home, add an additional layer of protection from wind and storm damage, and provide light control. Stationary window shutters (the ones you are used to seeing to the left and right of windows on a home’s exterior) add curb appeal, which will increase the overall value of your home.

Interior window shutters are a window treatment that will last a long time. They give rooms a comfortable feel, while they provide privacy.

Exterior window shutters can be stationary or functional. Functional exterior window shutters close over the windows from the outside, and offer more protection from the high winds associated with hurricanes. Functional exterior window shutters can also block light during the day and can be used for privacy at night. Stationary window shutters are purely for curb appeal, but they can be that one detail that makes your home pop and stand out from other homes in your neighborhood.

Wood interior window shutters are beautiful. They offer a traditional and comfortable style that will make the rooms in your home feel warm and inviting. Wood interior window shutters can be stained (wood colors) or painted (any color), so they can be a incorporated element of a room or a focal point of contrast with the other colors of furniture, carpet, and walls. Wood interior window shutters will require more maintenance over time than other types of window shutters.

Composite interior window shutters can be stained to look like wood, but they need very little maintenance. They offer the look and feel of warmth that wood interior window shutters have, but the composite material ensures that they will be durable and not subject to water damage or warping that can happen to wood window shutters.

Window security shutters protect your windows from damage during severe weather, such as hurricanes or severe storms. Also known as rolldown window shutters, these window shutters cover the entire window. This ensures that the windows are safe in bad weather, and it ensures that your home is private and secure when they are closed.

Interior window shutters come in many styles.

Plantation window shutters are very popular because of their top-to-bottom window fit, wide louvers that offer great ventilation and that allow a lot of natural light into the room when they are open. Plantation window shutters can be custom-made to fit any size window. Since they are installed tightly within the window frame, plantation window shutters also offer a good layer of insulation that can keep your home cooler during the summer and warmer during the window.

Tiered window shutters are made up of one set of shutters that is installed on the bottom half of the window and another set of shutters that is installed on the top half of the window. Because each set of window shutters is independent from the other, tiered window shutters give you a lot of flexibility in controlling ventilation, light, and privacy. With narrow slats that are adjustable, tiered window shutters can be closed, but natural light can still come into the room.

If you’d like learn more about choosing window shutters in Panama City Beach, FL, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at McNeill Palm. You can visit our showroom at 1191 N. Elgin Pkwy, Ste. C, Shalimar, FL 32579, or you can contact us at (850) 613-6228.

Cordless Window Blinds and Home Safety

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Cordless window blinds in Panama City Beach, FL are an excellent choice of window treatments to increase the safety of your home. What you don’t know can hurt you, despite the old adage that proclaims that the opposite is true.

There are many hidden dangers within a home. And, for the most part, we know what they are and we take steps to address them. We childproof our homes as soon as little ones make their appearance. We remove harmful chemical from low cabinets – and sometimes install locking devices so they can’t easily be opened – so that our children can’t ingest poisons. We put protective covers over unused electrical outlets to prevent accidental electrocution. We have stovetops with locks that keep the burners from being turned on accidently, either burning our children or starting a fire, or both.

However, the hanging cords from window blinds often escape our notice as a possible hazard to our children and pets. However, twice a month a child loses their life from getting entangled in hanging cords from blinds. Cordless window blinds are the solution that completely eliminates the possibility of a child or pet getting injured or killed from getting tangled up in the cords of corded window blinds.

It is a very easy process to replace corded window blinds with cordless window blinds, and it significantly adds to the safety measures you already have in place in your home.

Cordless window blinds are popular among RV owners because they can be custom-made to fit even the smallest windows in campers and they come in a wide array of colors that can brighten any space. Cordless window blinds can also be adjusted to allow as much or as little natural light in as possible.

Cordless window blinds in your home can be a great addition to the décor of to any room they’re installed in. You can use cordless window blinds as a blending component (matches one of the other dominant colors in the room) or you can use cordless window blinds as a contrasting component (a different, but complementary, color than the other colors used in the room).

Cordless window blinds are available in different gauges (weights) that can ensure durability and longevity. Cordless window blinds also come with contoured metal headrails that can completely hide the blinds when they are raised.

Additionally, cordless window blinds have a lot of flexibility when it comes to controlling the amount of natural light that comes into a room. They can either be raised completely to allow maximum natural light or the slats can be adjusted to allow lower amounts of natural light, while maintaining privacy.

Cordless window blinds are the answer to the often-overlooked potential danger that corded window blinds pose within a home to small children and beloved pets. You can have confidence that your home is more safe and secure for all its occupants when you have cordless window blinds installed.

It’s also a good idea to share the potential hazards of corded window blinds with your friends and family members who have these installed in their homes and let them know that cordless options are available and that they will make their homes safer to live in.

If you’d like to learn more cordless window blinds in Panama City Beach, FL, you can speak with our experienced staff at McNeill Palm. You can come to our showroom at 1191 N. Elgin Pkwy, Ste. C, Shalimar, FL 32579, or you can call us at (850) 613-6228.

Energy Efficient Window Coverings

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An energy efficient window covering for each window in your home can make the interior of your home comfortable all year by reducing the amount of energy that you lose through your windows.

About 30% of your home’s heating energy escapes through your home’s windows during the winter months, while approximately 76% of the summer sun enters your home as heat during the summer months. This, in turn, can make your home feel much colder in the winter and much warmer in the summer. Your HVAC system has to use more power to keep a constant internal temperature, which drives your energy costs up.

While all window coverings will give you energy efficiency, some of them give you more than others.

Operable window coverings (ones that you can open and close) tend to give the best energy efficiency because they give you total control over natural light, privacy, and the ability to maximize the heat from the sun during the winter and minimize heat gain during the summer.

Of the window coverings that are operable, research has shown that three-quarters of residential window coverings stay in the same position – open or closed – on a daily basis. If you are among the 75% described here, it’s time to think strategically about opening and closing your home’s window coverings.

If the weather is cold, but the days are sunny, open your window coverings – especially those that get direct sunlight – in the morning to let the sun heat your home all day long. If the weather is hot, then you’ll want to keep the window coverings that get direct sunlight closed to reduce your home’s heat gain. If you still want some natural light coming into the house through open windows, open the window coverings that don’t get direct sunlight early in the morning and late in the afternoon (the summer sun is strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.).

Window coverings that work best for energy efficiency include those that are insulated. They keep the cold out during the winter months and the heat out during the summer months.

Insulated cellular shades are the best choice for maximum energy efficiency. These window coverings, which are also known as honeycomb shades, have the highest R-values of any type of window covering. The honeycomb construction creates air pockets that trap hot air and decrease the amount of heat that is conducted through the window. Similarly, during winter months, the air pockets stop cold air from coming inside, keeping your home warmer and reducing the amount of energy needed to keep a comfortable internal temperature.

Because cellular shades can be tightly installed inside window frames, the amount of heat lost through your home’s windows can be reduced by 40% or more. This translates to an approximate 20% decrease in heating costs. When the summer months come, tightly installed cellular shades can decrease the amount of heat transferred through windows by up to 80%, which can decrease the total solar gain of your windows to 15% or less. This translates to significant reductions in your cooling costs.

For maximum solar heat gain reduction, choose cellular shades that operate on side tracks. Cellular shades that open from both the top and bottom give you maximum control over how much natural light is allowed into your home during the day.

If you’d like learn more about choosing an energy efficient window covering in Panama City Beach, FL, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at McNeill Palm. You can visit our showroom at 1191 N. Elgin Pkwy, Ste. C, Shalimar, FL 32579, or you can contact us at (850) 613-6228.