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Protecting Your Home and Family with Window Treatments

Window treatments are an integral part of home security and home privacy. You do everything you are able to do to make sure your home and your family’s security, safety, and privacy is protected. From advanced home security systems to the digital door locking systems to keeping outside areas well-lit at night, you spend a lot of money to protect your home and your family.

Window treatments are an integral part of a home and family protection strategy, and should not be overlooked. If you install the right kind of shades and blinds, you will enhance all the other security measures that you already have in place.

Window treatments protect the privacy of your home and of your family. Most window treatments give you some level of privacy – sheers are perhaps the exception – and you should choose the windows treatments that fit your family’s needs.

Blackout and privacy liner options should be considered for bedroom and bathroom windows if you want absolute privacy (these are also a good choice for homes where family members work at night and need to sleep during the day), but other window treatments also provide a very good level of privacy when they’re closed, while providing abundant natural light during the day when they are opened.

We tend to think of needing skin protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays only when we are outside. However, the sun’s UV rays come inside your home as well through windows, unless you have low-emissivity (Low-E) windows installed. Not only do the UV rays cause wood floors, furniture, and carpets and rugs to fade over time, they can also harm your family’s skin.

As hard it may be to believe, you and your family can actually get sunburned sitting inside your home, if you’re sitting by a window without any window treatments. Prolonged exposure to the sun and frequent sunburns increase your family’s risk for developing skin cancer. Overexposure to the sun can also lead to premature aging. Even those the sun’s exposure may be indirect inside your home, it can still lead to problems with your family’s long-term health.

Having the right window treatments – the best are window treatments that filter and absorb UV rays from the sun – and using them correctly (by closing them during peak sunlight hours), you can give your family the best protection against the sun’s harmful rays.

Window treatments also protect your home by keeping the contents of your home hidden from the outside. You wouldn’t take your valuable things and family heirlooms out to the front yard and lay them on the ground and walk away, trusting that they’ll be safe and all still be there when you return. Without window treatments that promote privacy, that’s essentially what you’re doing with the contents inside your home. For those who are of a criminal bent, seeing things that are worth a lot of money (or may just have priceless sentimental value) through a clear window is like opening the front door and letting them in.

Window treatments with non-corded or motorized operation also ensure the protection of your home and family, especially if you have pets or small children. Standard cloth, nylon, or chain lift cords present choking risks to little ones and pets, which could result in serious injuries, or even death. By removing this risk with non-corded or motorized window treatments, you are making your home safer for all its occupants.

If you’d like learn more about how window treatments can help with home protection, 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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