Winter weather in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota is in full swing and the drop in temperatures can mean more time spent indoors but does not have to mean unavoidable spikes in energy costs. Your window treatments can be helpful tools even before the snow melts. Here are some helpful tips to consider this winter season:
WINTER WEATHER WINDOW TREATMENT TIPS
1. COVER YOUR VIEWS
Window treatments can be a helpful tool to manage your home's energy consumption. A window can account for 10- 20% of loss in temp, so covering your views can help save you money and keep you comfortable. Wood blinds, vertical blinds, roller or roman shades will all act, as a mild barrier to the low temperatures trying to get through your windows. Shutters can also be a viable option as the frame fits tightly within the window frame to block any air coming in from cracks or damage to the window seal. Custom designed window treatments that are made to fit closely against the window is your best option to deliver type of energy savings you will want this winter.
2. PICK THE OPTIMAL PRODUCT
Cellular shades are a homes best protection against the cold. The layers of fabric create clean horizontal pleat patterns on the face of the shade, the fabricated pockets trap air to limit heat transfer through the window. Cellular shades significantly slow down radiant heat loss.
3. CONSIDER LAYERING
For the best coverage, consider layering your window treatments. Thermal lined drapery panels can make a significant difference in the ability for cold air to slip through your windows. In addition to protecting against drafts, drapery can add style to any room in your home.
If your home is not ready for the cold months of Minnesota, we can help! Reach out to schedule your free design consultation today to prepare for the ongoing cold temps.