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Energy Efficient Window Coverings

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.

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