Warm Up With Window Treatments
It’s cute to hear about Jack Frost nipping at your nose as part of a holiday carol, but it’s way less adorable when it’s happening in your bedroom as you’re trying to sleep! Older homes and apartment buildings are notorious for ancient windows and cold, drafty conditions. You may feel like there’s not much you can do besides putting on an extra blanket and turning up the heat. But did you know that there are a bunch of window treatment options with insulating properties that make them as practical as they are beautiful?
Drapery can be a relatively inexpensive addition to any room. Whether they are pinch pleat, ripple fold or pocket rod curtains, drapes are always a great investment in the look and comfort of any room. In the winter, keeping drapes closed at night or in rooms that don’t get a lot of natural light can make a big difference in the ambient room temperature. When drawn, drapes can reduce heat loss from a warm room by as much as 10%.
Properly mounted shades can be your best defense against winter’s chill. Shades should be as close as possible to the window to minimize heat loss. A professional installation is the best way to make sure this is done properly. Some types of shade window treatments, including roman shades, can act as both an air barrier and a source of insulation. This virtually doubles your shield power against the harsh, outdoor elements in every season.
Interior or exterior shutters can do wonders to control light conditions AND the temperature inside your home. When applied to the exterior of the home, they can form part of the building envelope and add another layer of home security. Interior shutters are great too, but because they require hardware that may damage the walls or window frame to install, they may not be the best choice for a rental unit. Be sure to check with your landlord before proceeding with the installation of interior shutters.
Choosing the right window treatments for your home, whether you own or rent, can do more than just make your home look more attractive, though that is pretty important! The insulating properties of some window coverings can make your home feel more comfortable, and significantly cut your energy bills. It seems these functional treatments aren’t just another pretty face for your windows!