Window Treatments That Help With Energy Savings

Duette® Architella Honeycomb Shades

Different window fashions offer different benefits, from aesthetics to functionality. Some are great at room-darkening, some beautifully diffuse natural light, and some can help increase the value of a home. Even better, some help with energy efficiency. At Windo VanGo serving the greater Baltimore area, we know how important it is to save on heating and cooling bills. Read on to learn more about energy efficiency at the window.

Saving at the Window

Did you know that an untreated window can lose 30% or more of a room’s heating and cooling energy? A pioneer in creating the cellular (honeycomb) shade, Hunter Douglas is well-known for its energy-efficient treatments. In fact, the Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC) chose Hunter Douglas as the first to receive their verified energy rating and certification for interior window coverings. You can use the AERC ratings to compare window coverings among the Hunter Douglas line as well as those from competitors. AERC-certified Hunter Douglas products include:

  • Duette® Honeycomb Shades. Duette Honeycomb shades offer a simple, sleek look for modern spaces, but also work well in traditional settings. The ultimate benefit, of course, is that they almost pay for themselves with the energy savings you’ll enjoy
  • Applause® Honeycomb Shades. Unlike some other brands of cellular shades, Applause is created with a double cell, which offers increased insulation over regular single-cell construction.
  • Sonnette™ Cellular Roller Shades. The new, round, sculptured construction of the Sonnette cellular roller shade is being called “the new shape of light.” These beautiful rolling cells gently diffuse sunlight throughout the room while creating a sense of privacy.

Tips to Improve Your Treatment’s Energy Efficiency

Even if your window treatment isn’t AERC-certified, you can still get some help with saving energy if you make the best use of it. Here are some tips:

  • Winter and Cool Climates. During the day, when your window can get direct sunlight, keep your treatments open so that your room can benefit from the free solar heat, which will warm your room. On cloudy days, close the treatment to insulate the room and keep warm air in. Similarly, at night, don’t lose the warm air to the coolness outside—keep your treatment closed.
  • Summer and Warm Climates. Keep the solar heat away during the day by keeping your treatment closed. Keep it closed at night as well to keep the insulating property at the window so the cool air stays in.
  • Benefitting From Daylight. Using the natural light as much as possible reduces the need for artificial lighting, which can reduce your energy bills. It also allows you to connect with vitamin D, which every body needs. Plus, natural light can boost productivity and improve your mood.

Energy-Efficient Treatments in Baltimore

Windo VanGo is your premier Hunter Douglas Window Treatment specialist and supplier of Farrow & Ball premiere paints and wallpapers in the Baltimore, MD, area, with a gallery showroom in Marriottsville. Serving residential and commercial clients throughout the counties of Baltimore, Baltimore City, Howard, Carroll, Hartford, and Anne Arundel. Contact us today for a design consultation!