4 Tips to Help Save Energy with Window Treatments

Save energy by reducing heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer by installing window treatments in your home. Not only can they be decorative, but they also help lower energy bills since the air conditioning and heating systems are used less.

Window Blinds

Interior and exterior blinds are effective in reducing heat gain in the summer. The slats of interior blinds can be adjusted to control light and ventilation, and block and reflect direct sunlight onto a light-colored ceiling. Exterior blinds are mounted above the window and can be lowered to provide shade.

Storm Window Panels

Storm panels, which can be installed either on the exterior or interior side of windows, can reduce winter heat loss up to 50% when added to a single-pane.

Window Overhangs

Roof overhangs must be the correct size to reduce heat gain in the summer and properly positioned to let sun in through the windows and bring in heat in the winter.

Window Shades

This type of window treatment is one of the easiest and most effective methods for saving energy. Lower shades on sunlit windows in the summer to reduce heat gain and in the winter, keep them raised during the day and lowered at night.