Have you ever walked into your home and immediately go
double check the thermostat to make sure you’re not crazy and that it IS on the
right setting? Only to have to crank up the settings, knowing they’re on longer
than necessary and you’re dreading the utility bills? Energy saving and
efficiency is one of the big topics of our time, and we have some quick and
easy ways to save your time and money. Whether your goal is to keep heat in or
out, here are some of our favorite ways to insulate without replacing your
doors or windows.
First things first...
Check the casing. Especially on older windows and doors, the casing may need a
quick little pick-me-up by caulking inside and outside for any air leaks. This
is a fairly quick and easy task, and can make a big difference in temperature
leaks. Once you’ve insured the windows and doors are secured without gaps, you
can move on to the more creative and effective energy saving insulation options !
Here’s Some Options...
Cellular Shades, with their folds of fabric
with a pillowy look, create multiple air pockets, having the effect of a fluffy
down comforter over a window, helping to effectively insulate by themselves or
layered with other treatments. They come in all window shapes and sizes, with
various light control levels to create the perfect setting.
Drapes come in all different fabrics and
lengths. In the colder months, heavier drapes such as velvet, are a great
option for locking in heat and creating a cozy atmosphere. Budget Blinds has a
wide selection of custom drapes that compliment energy saving techniques,
helping you save money and energy on your monthly bills. For modern looking
drapes, you can add the motorized effect and easily let in natural light during
the daytime, and securing your temperature by the press of a button once the
sun goes down. You can also layer treatments by combining approaches. For
example, adding a Drapery Panel to your Cellular Shades, which
adds an additional layer of insulation.
Have you ever seen someone put down a towel or a blanket in front of a door to either stop cold air or smoke from coming into a room? That’s because it works! You can actually buy door draft stoppers that are made exactly for that purpose. They come in all colors and patterns, and you just lay them on the inside of each outside entrance door to close off any gaps underneath and keep what you want INSIDE and what you don’t want OUTSIDE.
In the really cold months, insulation window film is an
option. The only hitch is that your window will not be clear with this thin
film over top of it, so you may want to reserve these for basement or attic
windows if the look bothers you. These will effectively save energy in the more
extreme scenarios.In the really cold months, insulation window film is an option. The only hitch is that your window will not be clear with this thin film over top of it, so you may want to reserve these for basement or attic windows if the look bothers you. These will effectively save energy in the more extreme scenarios.
The U.S. Department of Energy reports that appropriately installed window treatments can cut heat loss by at much as 25%. The importance of Expert Measuring makes all the difference. Professional measuring and installation can be your FIRST line of defense in making your window coverings more energy efficient. Not only will we guarantee precise measurements, but we will consult on the best looking window energy saving treatments for your home, keeping you loving the atmosphere and saving energy and costs at the same time.