Let me start with asking you a question.
What do you expect from your windows?
a) Thermal Control – keeping the heat in, and the cold out and vice-versa depending on the season
b) Blocking harmful UV rays from entering my home, protecting my flooring & furniture
c) Keep prying eyes out!
d) All of the above!
If you picked any of the above options, then you need to get window coverings for your home. Most people might assume that window blinds and drapery are just for decoration and light control, but that’s not entirely accurate. They play a much bigger role than one might think!
BRRR.. Baby It's Cold Outside!
During the winter months, having the right window covering is crucial to keeping the cold air out. While any type of window blind will help insulate your windows, and keep you snug and warm, we have found that the best option is the Cellular Shade.
Cellular shades have little built in honeycomb pockets to help add an extra layer of protection between the icy air outside, and the warm air inside.
Whatever window covering you do choose, it’s important to keep the blind or shade open during the day on the windows that get full sun, and closed when the sun sets to create a barrier from the cold.
Adding drapery panels around your blinds or shades can help create an additional layer of protection as well, and they also look beautiful too!
Oh Wait.. Now It's Hot, Hot, Hot
It may be hot outside, but it doesn’t have to be inside! In the warmer months of the year, window coverings still act as a buffer but in the opposite way to winter. They can help keep the cool air in, and the hot air out.
Blackout shades can be especially useful for blocking out most of the heat, and the light, keeping the room cooler longer.
It’s important to keep shades, blinds or shutters completely closed and lowered on sunny windows. In doing this, you can help reduce heat gain by up to 45%.
Keep Them Rays Out!
Ultraviolet radiation (UV Rays) is a form of electromagnetic radiation that is invisible to the human eye. UV rays are present in sunlight, and can be harmful to not only your skin, but also your furniture & the inside of your home because you guessed it – UV rays enter your home right through your windows!
Over time, to much exposure to direct sunlight can make the fabric on your sofas and chairs fade, and the wood elements prone to breaking & cracking.
In addition to potentially harming your furniture, it can also effect things like your flooring. Overtime it can dry, warp, crack or fade your beautiful hardwood flooring.
Unfortunately they don’t make sunscreen for floors or sofa’s yet (and even if they did – can you imagine applying that every day?!) So what’s left? Your windows of course! Used properly, window coverings can dramatically reduce the amount of harmful UV rays that enter your home.
Peek-a-Boo.. I see you!
Your home is YOUR home. Your sanctuary. Your private getaway. Whatever you call it – it’s yours and no one else’s. So why would you want all your neighbors peeking into your windows to see if you are actually there, and not just ignoring the doorbell?
Any type of window covering will give you the added privacy you are wanting, while still looking great as well. An added perk though to having a wood blind is you can subtly peek through them to spy on that new neighbor who just moved in across the street.
So why should you invest in window coverings?
a) They will save you money by reducing your overall heating bills
b) They will help your furniture and flooring last longer
c) Karen from next door will never know you are home
d) They will add value, and a beautiful finishing touch to your home!