A window covering can play an important part in making homes energy efficient all during the year. Colder weather can be a bit more challenging to deal with, especially in parts of the country, like Florida, that don’t typically see a lot of extremely cold weather during the winter. But, that being said, energy bills can rise dramatically during this time as people try to keep their homes warm.
Almost all of the heat a house loses is through windows, so some kind of window covering is better than no window coverings at all. However, there are specific window coverings that are naturally suited to reduce heat loss and energy costs because they work to keep the home’s internal temperature constant and comfortable.
Shutters are one window covering option that will help keep your home warmer in cold weather. Shutters work well because their frames fit tightly into window frames, which will block any air from coming in even if the window frames have damaged seals or cracks. Louvers also reduce air transmission from the window into the house. The closer the shutter is positioned to the window, the better it will help insulate the home, so an inside mount is recommended to get the best insulation from drafts.
One of the best-insulating window coverings is cellular shades. Cellular shades are made from two layers of fabric that, when bonded together, from honeycombed-shaped pockets. These pockets trap air to minimize the amount of heat that is transferred through the window. Cellular shades are spectacular at reducing radiant heat loss and they double the R value (how much an insulating material can resist heat flow) of most standard windows (from 3.5 to 7).
Another very effective way to use window covering to help insulate homes is to layer them. Drapes and curtains with a thermal lining can be hung over windows with shutters, shades, or blinds, as an extra measure to block cold air from coming in. Thermal lining provides extra insulation and protects furniture, rugs, carpets, and wood flooring from the damaging UV rays of the sun.
Drapes and curtains with thermal lining offer the best insulation when they are hung as close to the ceiling as possible (leave one inch between the rod and the ceiling) and fall all the way to the floor. Use wraparound hardware to compensate for the space that the depth of the mounting hard creates.
When thinking about adding extra insulation to a home with window coverings, it’s important not to forget the larger windows, such as bay windows, picture windows, as well as doors with windows, such as sliding glass doors, French doors, and patio doors. The best option for these types of windows is thermal curtains.
Thermal curtains are made of layers of thick fabrics like cotton and a layer of foam that will help reduce heat flow, and keeps the interior of the house comfortable. It’s important to note that thermal curtains also provide extra soundproofing for homes, but they are not the same as blackout curtains (designed to completely block light from coming into a room, and ideal for people who work night shifts and sleep during the day).
For more information on a window covering that will help keep your home warmer, 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.