This summer, with all of the light and heat streaming into your house through the windows, it may feel like the sun is perched on your front lawn. Your air conditioner might not be able to bring the temperature under control because just as windows allow heat to enter your home, they also allow cold air to exit, which drives up your energy bills as you try to cool off: In fact, over 25% of your heating or cooling costs can be attributed to loss of energy through your windows.
Installing blinds or shades can actually be an effective way to make your windows more energy efficient and help you to take control of the temperature in your home. Blinds and shades allow you to decide how much or how little light you let into your home, which can help you cut down on heat gain, and they also give you privacy from the outside world. Once they’ve been installed, blinds and shades are easy to use and maintain, and they come in a number of styles and varieties so you can choose a set that matches your home, your needs, and your budget. Take a look at several different types of window blinds and shades.
Horizontal blinds are a classic window accessory that give you a significant degree of control over how much light enters your home. These blinds will block more light depending on the number of slats per foot; additionally, blinds with cord holes at the back of the slats close more tightly, allowing them to block even more light. Horizontal blinds are easy to clean, but you can look for blinds with antistatic treatments that prevent dust from accumulating.
A very stylish choice, pleated shades are made from a cloth material that folds shut as it goes up and unfolds as it goes down. Pleated shades offer less light control than blinds because the shades’ cloth material only softens natural light as it enters your home rather than blocking it completely. Pleated shades take their name from the sharp folds they have when they are shut; in contrast, Roman shades are similar but have a smoother, softer fold. Both pleated and Roman shades come in a variety of styles and colors, so you can find a set that matches any room or aesthetic.
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