If your house is so cold you are afraid to get out of your Snuggie but don't want to turn up your heat for fear of raising an already hefty energy bill even higher, replacing your window treatments may very well be the answer to taking that chill out of the room.
Window treatments play a big role in the energy efficiency of the rooms in your home. A well fitting pair of drapes for instance can shave 10% off the energy lost from a room. By well fitting we are referring to drapes that are hung as close to the window itself as possible and that reach the floor or the window sill, depending on the type and size of the window.
For even better energy efficiency either position the drape against the ceiling or purchase and install a cornice at the top of the curtain. Seal up the drapes at the sides and then overlap them slightly in the middle. Hold everything in place with velcro or magnetic tape. If you keep this all in place all winter you can actually reduce overall heat loss by 25%.
You do not have to stick to drapes to keep the warmth in though. Most types of window shades do a great job of keeping the cold out and the heat in if they are well installed. Roman style shades are even more effective because of the extra layers of fiber and their tightly sewn and sealed edges.
Window treatment giant Hunter Douglas has even created a range of new blinds that can reduce energy loss by up to 50%. Known as honeycomb blinds these shades can save you far more than they originally cost.
Not surprisingly, given their name, honeycomb shades have a special "honeycomb within honeycomb" texture which repels heat, sending it back into the room while at the same time keeping chilly air from outside at bay.
In the end whichever of these window treatments you do opt for, the key to getting the most out of their energy saving potential is to use them properly. That means closing them all at night and in rooms that see very little natural light during the day anyway keeping them that way all day helps as well.
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