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Why You Need Window Coverings

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When you’re thinking about a window covering in Destin, FL for each of the windows in your home, you may know that you need something on the windows, but you may not really think about why you need window coverings.

Window coverings serve both practical and decorative functions in your home. You need window coverings to cover all the windows in your home for several reasons that you may have never thought about.

One practical reason why you need window coverings in your home is that window coverings give you privacy. We all know that the doors inside our homes provide the option for privacy within our homes. But you also need privacy options from the outside of your home.

All window coverings give you some control over how much privacy they provide. You may have them open or raised during the daytime to allow natural light in and to bathe your home in the sunshine’s warmth.

However, if you’re not home during the day or you and your family are home at night, you might want to protect your family and the interior of your home from prying eyes outside on the sidewalks and streets around your home.

Window coverings can be lowered or closed when you want privacy from things and people outside your home, and they can help your family feel more comfortable and secure.

Speaking of security, window coverings can play a role in your home’s overall security. Most people have valuable things inside their homes that they use or they enhance their décor with. When windows are bare, these cherished items are on full display for anyone who looks through your windows to see. They can seem like an open invitation to thieves to break into your home and take them.

Having window coverings, however, lets you shield these items from would-be burglars and protects them and the rest of your family from potential intrusions and loss of irreplaceable things that matter to you and your family.

If you’ve recently had window replacements installed in your home, you will need new window coverings. Since the lifespan of windows is 15 to 20 years, it’s likely that your window coverings are the original ones that you had installed when you first moved into your home – whether it was a home you had built or it was a home that you bought from someone else.

Time passes quickly and you may not realize that your window coverings are as old as the number of years you’ve been in your home. Window coverings have improved dramatically in the last 15-20 years and you need to get the value of these advances to work in conjunction with your new replacement windows.

Window covering choices offer significant improvements in energy efficiency. New window replacements are more energy efficient because windows are manufactured to help reduce the loss – estimated at between 25 and 40 percent – of energy that escapes from homes on an annual basis.

This keeps your home more consistently comfortable without requiring the extra power that older windows require because of air leaks and gaps. Adding new window coverings will enhance this energy efficiency and can result in even more energy savings throughout the year.

New window coverings can also be motorized and integrated with smart technology to give you absolute control over when they are open and closed, whether you’re home or not.

If you’d like learn more about buying a new window covering in Destin, 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.

How to Decorate Your Home Office

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Choosing a window covering in Panama City Beach, FL is one of the things you’ll need to do when you set up and decorate your home office. Many companies now allow employees to telecommute from home one or two days a week, while other companies allow their employees to work remotely fulltime. And, of course, there are always those times when you may need to take work home to work on it.

Having a dedicated space in your home for your home office is one of the keys to being more productive when you’re working from home. But, while this space is an office, you’ll still want to decorate it in a way that makes it pleasing for you to be in and that accommodates the special needs you may have while you’re working.

One of the things that will make your home office more inviting to work in is natural color. Adding flowering plants and vibrant green plants will give your home office a lot of color that can lift your spirits and make it easier to sit down and tackle that big project that you’ve been putting off. Having plants in your office can also help purify the air and help you breathe better, since plants produce the oxygen our bodies use to enrich our blood cells and keep the creative juices of our brains flowing.

Make your office appealing by giving it a creative look and feel. Instead of just having a plain desk and plain chair put in a room as an afterthought. Think about what kinds of things will help elevate the feel of the room. Perhaps you love paintings or sketches. Use these to tastefully decorate the walls so that you have beautiful things to inspire you in those moments when you are looking for creative solutions for your work.

Use rugs and lamps to personalize your home office so that it becomes a comfortable space for you to tackle work in and to get more work done, especially if you’re working with tight deadlines (that should be the scenario you have in mind when you choose these accessories).

Set up your office so that everything is organized in a way that makes it easiest for you to work. Use organizational accessories that ensure that you have the items you use most often near you so you don’t have to get up and down to get things you regularly use. Label everything so you know exactly what is where.

Get the right lighting for your office. Consider the technology that you use regularly and make sure your lighting doesn’t create a glare or doesn’t cause you to have to strain to look at screens or read documents. Bright lights can be hard on your eyes if you have work under them for hours at a time and fluorescent lights may make you tired or may give you headaches. Lighting fixtures with bulbs that approximate natural light.

Finally, make sure that you can bring as much or as little sunlight into your office through the windows in the room. Window shades are a great way to manage natural sunlight because if you don’t want any outside light in the room, lowered window shades will prevent that. If you want a little sunlight coming in, you can raise window shades up in increments to get just the right amount of light. If you want full sunlight, then you can completely raise the window shades.

If you’d like learn more about choosing a window covering in Santa Rosa 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.

Window Coverings: Part of the Recipe for Good Sleep

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When considering a window covering in Panama City Beach, FL for the windows in your home, you might be focused on look or feel, instead of practical functionality. While this may be okay in most of the rooms in your home, the window coverings that you choose for your bedroom should be carefully considered and chosen.

Your bedroom should be optimized for good sleep. Neuroscientific research is revealing just how costly poor or inadequate sleep is for us, in terms of our physical health, our mental health, and even our safety and the safety of other people.

Poor or inadequate sleep is a factor that could lead to the development of dementia. During restorative sleep, harmful toxins are swept out of the brain, reducing the opportunity for cellular and synaptic damage to occur.

Physical health can be adversely affected by poor or inadequate sleep. Medical research has shown that cardiovascular problems and poor quality of sleep often have a direct correlation.

Poor or inadequate sleep can also be deadly. Many fatal accidents at work are because of sleep deprivation. People who work night shifts are more likely to not have good quality sleep during the day, so they present a danger to themselves and others. Many of the fatal traffic accidents that occur between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. involve people who have worked a night shift.

So, it’s important that we make sure our bedrooms aren’t sabotaging our sleep. There are several ways we can do this.

One way is to shut out all the blue light in our bedrooms. Digital devices are the main culprit for blue light, but most of them now have a nighttime mode that changes the light to an amber color. We should have that turned on. However, blue light can also come from lightbulbs that have a blue “daylight” color. These should be switched out with warmer light bulbs, such as warm white or soft white bulbs.

Another way to make our bedrooms more sleep-friendly is make sure the bedroom is a cool temperature. Between 60 and 67 degrees is the optimal temperature to get a good night’s sleep. Many times, we keep our homes too warm, especially during the winter, and, as a result, we don’t sleep as well as we should.

Adjusting the thermostat lower is one way to accomplish this. But having insulating cellular window coverings or motorized window coverings can help regulate temperature inside our homes – and bedrooms – during the day, so the house stays at a consistently cooler temperature, which is more energy efficient.

Another way to optimize your bedroom for good sleep is to block out any noises that could disturb your sleep. One way to do this is to run a fan while you are sleeping. Another method ofr blocking out unwanted noise is to have a white noise playing while you’re sleeping.

One thing that disturb sleep is messiness and clutter. Keep your bedroom clean. Make sure dirty clothes are tucked into a hamper. Clean clothes should be neatly put away in closets and drawers. Avoid overcrowding furniture surfaces and walls with knickknacks and pictures.

Finally, make sure your bedroom is dark, so that good sleep is easily induced. Having room-darkening or blackout window coverings installed in your bedroom will make sure that no unwanted light from outside comes in to disrupt your sleep.

If you’d like learn more about sleep-inducing window coverings 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.