Window coverings are a great way to add additional insulation to your home and make your home even more energy efficient. However, window coverings that work well in the drier climate of the Southwest may not work as well in the more humid climate of the South.
Different types of window coverings work best in areas of the country where sunshine is abundant throughout the year and where it is not, as well as where temperatures are moderate all year and where extreme temperatures exist throughout the year.
If you live in a climate that is dry, sunny, and warm, your most pressing need will be for window coverings that help reduce solar gain (the amount of heat that enters through windows), glare from sunlight, and the effect of ultraviolet (UV) waves (which can fade furniture, carpet, and wood in your home over time).
One of the best kinds of window coverings to meet these needs in dry, sunny, and warm environment are solar shades. Solar shades give you the ability to have abundant natural light in your home, while reducing UV rays and solar gain.
Another type of window covering that works well in this type of climate are sheer shades. Sheer shades also maximize natural light coming into your home, while reducing UV rays by up to 99%.
If you live in a climate that is cool and rainy most of the year, you’ll want window coverings for your home that help reduce heat loss from the home (so that cold air stays out, while warm air stays in).
Roman shades are an excellent window covering choice for climates that tend to be cool and rainy. Roman shades are thick and heavy, so they’ll keep drafts and cold air out while keeping warm air in. This will help reduce power bills during really cold weather and keep your home comfortable no matter what is going on, weather-wise, outside. Wood blinds are also a very option for cool and rainy climates. They fit snuggly into window frames, ensuring that no cold drafts can come into your home, which will make your heating unit run more and make your energy costs greater.
For climates that are sunny and rainy, humidity is the window covering need that needs to be addressed. Since moisture can cause some window coverings to be susceptible to mildew, warping, and fading over time, you need to choose window coverings that are designed to work well in humid climates.
One type of window covering that can protect against the effects of high humidity and UV rays are faux wood blinds. These blinds are made with synthetic materials, yet they look and feel like real wood blinds. Since real wood blinds are particularly prone to warping, fading, and mildewing, faux wood blinds are an excellent alternative choice that gives your home the look of natural wood without the worry of the elements destroying it.
Aluminum blinds are also a good window covering choice for humid climates. Designed to withstand almost any kind of weather, aluminum blinds block out harmful UV rays and protect your privacy. They are easy to maintain, and are a popular blinds choice where rainy and sunny weather is normal throughout the year.
For more information about window coverings that work best in your climate, 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.