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Staying Warm This Winter

It seemed that this year that we went straight from Summer to Winter with no warning. Now you are either getting a chill from the drafty windows or maybe you’ve seen your heating bill and want a solution to lower the cost for the winter months. Covering your windows is one of many things you can do to keep your home nice and toasty. Especially being in Michigan, where it seems that all we have is a cold climate, there are further measures you may easily take when it comes to selecting window treatments that will help keep the warm air inside, where it belongs.

Another thing to remember is that even though it is cold and snowy right now, doesn’t mean these treatments will be worthless to you when it starts to warm up again. Investing in some window treatments that keep the frigid air out will also be a welcome addition in blocking out the heat. As of now, consider these few steps as a guideline to help keep your home warm and money in your pocket. Also, some tips on how to keep the perfect temperature in your home year-round.

STEP 1: Cover Your Windows

Something is always better than nothing when it comes to temperature control. Windows can account for between 10% – 25% of heat loss in a home. So, uncovered windows are an automatically wasting the heat you are blasting to stay warm. Wood blinds, vertical blinds, roller or roman shades will all act, as a mild barrier to the cold temperatures trying to slip in through your glass windows. Shutters are also a good option as their frame fits snug in the window frame to block any air coming in from cracks or damage to the window seal. The louvers are thick enough to act as a barrier to the cold air from coming into your house. The closer they are to the window, the better it will insulate. So an inside mount blind or shade will provide the most protection from the drafts. Custom made window treatments guarantee a close, tight fit. Don’t bother with droopy, sagging blinds from your home improvement store that sacrifice style and function. Get a hold of one of our interior designers and they will make sure that not only are you getting the best blinds or shades that look best for your home but ones that will fit perfectly to your windows.

STEP 2: You Get What You Pay For

Cellular shades work the best for the cold months. There are two layers of fabric that are bonded together to form honeycomb-like pockets. Visually creating a clean horizontal pleat pattern on the face of the shade. The fabricated pockets trap air to limit heat transfer through the window. These shades will not only slow down radiant heat loss. It will also increase the R value, measurement of how well certain building insulation materials can resist heat/cold, from the 3.5 of most standard windows, to nearly a 7. Which commercial buildings would say that is very highly energy efficient; just by choosing a cellular window treatment. You can get either the single or double cell shades. For superior window warmth, these pockets protect your home during these chilly days.

STEP 3: Layers Matter

For the absolute best protection against freezing outdoor temperatures, the best tactic for your windows is to layer up on treatments. Adding drapery to any window with shades or blinds helps block the escaping air from those treatments. Thermal lining has insulating properties to block heat transfer and also protects the front facing fabric from damage caused by potentially harmful UV rays. The best method for hanging energy efficient drapery is to mount them closely to the ceiling so that they reach the floor. Ordering returns or using wrap around hardware will add protection for the space created by the depth of the mounting hardware. Drapery also increases the style factor as pattern and color are introduced for visual interest and design flair. Our designers can help with this as well.

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