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The Best Window Shades for Passive Heating

Buyer’s Guide to Energy Efficient Window Coverings 

The cooler months are just around the corner. If you are considering upgrading your existing window treatments to more energy efficient ones, this guide is for you!  In it, we take a look at our top three window treatments for keeping your energy bills lower this winter. Buyer’s guide to energy efficient window coverings. 


What is Passive Heating?

Before diving into our top energy efficient window coverings for cooler months, let’s take a look at what passive heating is. Passive means that it takes no energy to heat or cool your home. A passive heating window treatment means that they block cold air from seeping through your windows into your home but also bounce your warm interior air back into the home, rather than letting it escape through your windows. While this is great for any home, it is especially helpful for homes with older windows that aren’t as energy efficient. Investing in new window coverings can be a more affordable option than replacing your windows! Buyer’s guide to energy efficient window coverings. 


Cellular Shades

Also known as honeycomb shades due to their pocketed design, these window coverings offer the most insulation for your home. The pocketed design traps both hot and cold air, keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. They come in single, double and triple cell design. The more layers of cells, the more energy efficient they are. Cellular shades come in a variety of colors, allowing you to match your home’s existing style and decor. They also come in corded, cordless and even top down bottom up styles, making them both sleek and versatile. 


Interior Shutters

Interior shutters add sophistication and value to your home. Not only can they help keep your energy bills lower, but this coveted window treatment is the only one that actually adds value to your home! For the best energy savings, opt for wider slats, which minimize the number of gaps between slats that hot and cold air can seep through. Real wood is also a natural insulator and can give you additional energy savings; however, it is not recommended that you install wood window coverings in bathrooms, kitchens or other high humidity rooms as this can damage your wood shutters. Shutters do come in faux wood (composite) and are suitable for every room and still offer great energy savings. Shutters come in a variety of colors and stains as well as the ability to customize their operation control.


Roman Shades

Roman shades offer chic style while giving you excellent energy savings. They are made of thick insulating material that helps keep both your heater and AC from having to work as hard to keep your inside temps more consistent. Roman shades come in a variety of fabrics, patterns, colors and designs, making them highly versatile. Adding a thermal backing can increase your energy savings even more. 


Bonus: Adding Drapes

Adding drapes to a hard window treatment (such as blinds or shutters) can help add an extra layer of insulation. It’s important to note that there is a difference between drapes and curtains. Curtains are only one layer of fabric while drapes are made of multiple layers. Not only can drapes add extra insulation to your window treatments, but they also add a soft and luxurious feel to your rooms. Like roman shades, they come in a variety of fabrics, patterns and colors, giving you endless possibilities! 


Call in the Pros

At Elevated Views, we understand that the perfect window covering can help insulate your home and provide style. Getting your measurements right is key to getting you the most energy savings, so call in the pros for a worry-free installation. We make choosing your new window treatments fun and easy. Schedule your free in-home consultation and quote and we’ll bring the showroom to you!

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