Energy Efficiency & Window Treatments
Discover how blinds, shades and shutters can help increase your energy savings no matter the season.
Window Treatments & Energy
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, windows can account for 24-40% of our annual heating and cooling costs. Energy efficient window treatments provide year round energy savings by cooling in the summer and retaining heat in the winter. All window treatments have energy saving properties, but some are inherently more efficient than others.
Energy Efficiency in the Winter
Heat always travels the path of least resistance, and in the case of your home, that’s through your windows. R-Value is a measurement of a product’s ability to keep heat in and cold out. If the product’s R-Value is higher, then the insulation will have better thermal performance. Without a window covering, a typical window has an R-Value of 0.9 – 3.0. Window treatments, such as Honeycomb Shades, can increase a window’s R-Value from 3.45 to 5.0. Our recommendation for keeping your home warm in the colder months: Honeycomb ShadesMORE ON THE NDB BLOG MORE ON THE NDB BLOG
Energy Efficiency in the Summer
In the summer, with the sun beating down on your home, the ability to reflect heat is important in keeping your home cool. A “Summer Shading Coefficient” is a measurement of a product’s ability to reflect heat. For example, if a window treatment reduces heat by 75% to 85%, this translates into a Summer Shading Coefficient of .25 to .15. The lower a product’s coefficient, the more effective it is at reflecting heat. Our recommendation for keeping your home cool in warmer months: Solar Roller Shades or Solar Soft Roman ShadesMORE ON THE NDB BLOG MORE ON THE NDB BLOG
Energy Efficient Recommendations