Summer officially began over the weekend – hooray! Of course, this is somewhat anticlimactic in Texas, where summer unofficially arrived several weeks ago. By now, you’re likely already developing that love/hate relationship with your air conditioner. You love the blissful comfort it provides, but that pesky, high bill inevitably arrives.
Here’s a daunting fact for your wallet – as much as 50% of your home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows. Fortunately, you can carefully select energy-efficient window coverings that add an element of style to your home and reduce solar heat gain in the summer. Here are two of The Shade Shop’s top picks for energy-saving window treatments:
Solar shades, or sun shades, are a unique option in that they offer excellent UV protection without sacrificing your view of the outdoors. Available in a variety of sturdy and easy-to-clean fabrics, these roller shades will help lower your energy bill and prevent your furniture, flooring, and artwork from fading. Solar Shades are custom-made in a range of opacities, allowing you to control the amount of light and heat allowed in your home, and can be manually operated or motorized – particularly helpful on large or high windows.
Duette Honeycomb Shades
Honeycomb shades have one of the highest energy-efficiency ratings in window fashions and will never force you to sacrifice style and aesthetic, as they come in an extensive wardrobe of fabrics and textures. These cellular shades are uniquely designed to trap air in distinct honeycomb-shaped pockets, helping to keep your house cool throughout the summer. For even greater energy-efficiency, opt for the double-honeycomb construction, which traps even more air.
So dress those windows with style and an eye toward energy-efficiency – your bank account will thank you!