It’s no secret that the cost of heating your home is soaring. While there are several ways to keep the heat in your home this winter, consider window treatments and motorized blinds.
When you keep your windows uncovered, this is a surefire way to allow energy escape through drafty windows. Maybe you keep them uncovered so you can see the view, or perhaps you just tend to forget about them. Either way, it’s important to keep those windows covered in order to help keep your house warm and save energy.
After all, 25-30% of heat loss from your home occurs through windows. If you haven’t already done so, now is a good time to add window coverings to any uncovered windows in your home. In addition, you should also check the window treatments that are currently in place for any signs of wear and tear. If they aren’t in great shape, it might be time for an upgrade.
However, window replacement is also quite expensive. The good news is that window treatments and motorized blinds are a compromise. Here are some considerations for upgrading the window treatment options in your home with motorized. We also have some tips on how to get the most out of these functional and affordable upgrades.
Why Window Treatments Are Important for Energy Savings
Before we get into the ins and outs of specific types of window treatments, let’s talk about the importance of adding window coverings. This is especially important for any uncovered windows in your home.
While you might be thinking that it’s all or nothing when it comes to adding window coverings, you actually have some flexibility. For example, if you don’t want to cover a window but you still want to block the sun, you can use a solar shade. These shades allow light in and also help with temperature regulation.
Now, let’s talk about the types of window coverings you can add to fully cover your windows. If you want to completely block the light, you can use black-out curtains or drapes. These options are best for bedrooms since they don’t let any light through. If you want to let light in while still being able to see outside, there are options like sheer curtains, panels, and blinds.
However, the biggest reason why window treatments are essential for energy savings is because of insulation.
Insulation prevents heat from escaping your home, which decreases the amount of energy needed to keep your space comfortable. Thicker curtains and shutters will keep out the cold better than thin window treatments. Besides insulation, the right window treatments can reduce UV rays, keep out loud sounds, and even improve your home’s curb appeal.
Determining Which Type of Covering Is Right for You
As we mentioned above, there are a few different types of window coverings. Before you go shopping, you should decide which type of covering is right for you. This is especially true when you are looking to save energy.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself to help make that decision:
- What kind of light do you want to let in? Keep in mind that sunlight can naturally heat your home in the winter.
- If you want to fully black-out the windows, consider blackout window coverings or motorized blinds.
- When you want to let light in but still have some privacy, curtains and panels are a good option. Curtains can also provide excellent insulation against drafty windows.
- What kind of view do you have outside? If you have a view you’d like to let in, you might want to consider panels or blinds.
The Benefits of Blackout Curtains and Staying Warm in the Winter
Blackout curtains are a great option for keeping the heat in during the cold winter months. They are lined with a reflective material that does not allow heat to escape, keeping your home warmer. They are also great for blocking out the sunlight in the summer, helping to keep your home cooler.
Blackout curtains also help to reduce outside noise, creating a more restful sleep. Most blackout curtains are also flame retardant, creating additional safety.
You can get blackout shades in several styles, ranging from curtains to motorized blinds.
Cellular Shades for Energy Savings
Cellular shades are fabrics that have multiple panels of different opacities (transparency) to let light in at different levels. These are beautiful shades that come in several options, including motorized blinds.
Meanwhile, cellular shades are a great option for energy efficiency because they keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. They also reduce glare from the sun and block UV rays to prevent fading of furniture and artwork.
Better yet, cellular shades specifically can reduce heat loss through windows by up to 40%. This is pretty substantial when you consider how cold it gets here in Toronto. You can enjoy a cozy home with potentially lower energy bills.
Here are some tips on choosing cellular shades for energy savings:
- Consider cellular shades that have heat-blocking properties for better insulation.
- Choose a cellular shade that has UV filtering properties to protect your furniture and flooring from fading.
- Try a cellular shade that has a blackout fabric to prevent outside light from shining into your home and disrupting sleep patterns.
- Choose a cellular shade that is controlled via an app for convenience.
As you can see, it’s easy to save energy with motorized blinds. But there is another aspect of these window treatments that can help even more with energy savings.
Using Smart Technology with Motorized Window Coverings
Looking to level up your energy savings this winter? Consider motorized blinds with smart technology.
These blinds are controlled by an app, but that’s not all. They are programmable to respond to the weather and different temperatures. The blinds can open and close depending on your preferences.
The temperature-controlled feature means they can be programmed to open and close at different times of the day to keep the sun out or heat in. You can even set the app to receive weather updates and adjust the blinds accordingly, depending on the weather forecast.
When you want to make your home more modern with energy saving benefits, consider motorized blinds with smart technology.
Window treatments are an affordable way to add warmth and style to your home, and they are an easy way to reduce your energy costs. If you have uncovered windows in your home, now is the time to add window treatments. When you shop for window treatments, make sure you choose a type that is easy to install so you can install them yourself or hire someone to do the job for you. When you add window treatments to your windows, you’ll help keep your house warm and save energy.
Keep in mind that motorized window treatments are ideal for saving energy. This is especially true when you program them to respond to the temperature and weather. To bring this feature into your home, contact us at ResCom Designs to learn more.