At StreetScapes & WindowWorks, we specialize in window treatments, including shutters, blinds, and shades. While many people use window shades to control the amount of light in a room—to keep glare from the sun off their computer screen, for example—fewer people are aware of the ways in which they can improve their home’s insulation.
Although it does a good job of protecting against the rain, the glass in your windows does a poorer job of keeping out heat energy. In the summer, heat from outside leaks into your home through your windows and makes your air conditioner have to work harder to keep you cool, and in the winter, this process happens in reverse, with heat from your furnace escaping out into the cold.
Though it may not seem like it does very much, the extra barrier provided by window shades prevents a good deal of extra heat from entering or leaving your home. Even ordinary window shades offer this protection, but you can improve your insulation even further by choosing one of the many specially treated shade options available today. The materials used to make these types of shades is formulated to block as much heat as possible, which means they keep your home even cooler in the summer and even warmer in the winter.
If you are interested in a simple way to improve your home’s insulation, consider adding shades to your windows. You can come see us at StreetScapes & WindowWorks to view our selection and discuss your options.