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Energy Efficient Window Coverings: Curtains Vs Blinds

Were all looking to save money, and choosing a smart window covering is one of the easiest ways to do so. You probably already have some type of window covering, but is it making your home more energy efficient? Todays curtains, drapes, blinds and awnings are more than just decorative; this industry is always enhancing their products in order to boast the highest energy efficiency, which is really a win-win. Every home and every climate are different, so some scenarios may call for curtains while others call for blinds. Regardless of style, all window coverings are only effective when theyre closed up tight.

Thermal backed curtains are commonly thought to be the most energy efficient type of window covering. Theyre very thick and contain multiple layers of polyester fiber, a vapor barrier, the outer fabric, and a fabric liner. The key, however, is to install them properly. Thermal curtains (as well as all other types) function to their highest potential when a seal is made. Be sure to close off at all sides; consider installing a cornice at the top, adhering them to the walls at the sides, and having them long enough to rest on the floor or windowsill. These curtains will give you the best insulation and control over the temperature of the room.

Vertical blinds are your next best option for window energy efficiency, and adhere to many of the same principles. Aim to hang your blinds as close to the window as possible, and ensure its a snug fit on the sides. Full window coverage is important to the functionality of blinds. The material, however, is what will make the most difference in efficiency. Theyre a bit pricier, but opt for thicker vinyl or wood blinds as opposed to flimsier metal or plastic to give your space better insulation. A new fashion trend in vertical blinds is the honeycomb style, which is a popular choice for energy efficiency and works by trapping air in its internal (honeycomb-shaped, of course) cells.

Another trendy blind on the rise is the plantation shutter, which is more or less a pretty decorative shutter for the interior side of the window. Fortunately, theyre also functional and have a fairly high energy efficiency rating. Theyre fitted very close to the window and are able to be closed a bit tighter than standard vertical blinds. You can expect to pay a bit more for this style of window covering, as its visually appealing, energy efficient, and fairly popular.

You may have seen this coming: maximum efficiency can be achieved by combing both drapes and blinds and following the above principles for good insulation. Matching good, thick drapes with a honeycomb shade is not only an attractive combination, but itll also save you money on your electricity bill. If youre not sure what type of energy efficient window covering will work best for your home, reach out to an expert. There are tons of blind, drapery, and insulation professionals out there who can help you find that perfect balance of aesthetic and efficiency.