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How to Select the Most Energy-Efficient Window Treatments

May 8, 2010

Energy efficient window treatments could save you hundreds of dollars each year on your heating and cooling costs. If you do not have them, you could be losing as much as 50 percent of your home’s energy costs. In fact, that is similar to leaving a window open all the time. Energy efficient window treatments are readily available. They are fashionable, affordable and easy to install.

Choose Insulation

The first step in reducing the energy loss is to insulate. Choose window treatments that reduce the amount of heat that escapes through the windows or the amount of solar energy that comes into the home during the summer months. Look at the window treatment’s R values, which is a measurement of the ability of the product to keep energy in place.
Here are some additional tips:

• Choose shades for the window. They are ideal for preventing heat loss during the winter months. Place them as close to the glass as possible for the maximum effect.

• In the summer months, consider window blinds as they work well at minimizing heat gain. Some may reduce the amount of heat coming into the home by as much as 45 percent.

• Do look at the Shading Coefficient of the window treatments you buy. This tells you how much heat is coming through the window. Look for a product with a low Shading Coefficient.

In addition to this, keep in mind that you can be eco friendly, too. Choose bamboo or organic cotton products for the best results and the least damage to the Earth. Energy efficient window treatments have never been so important.

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