Different types of energy efficient windows should be considered for the protection they offer from the Texas sun. In order to reach optimal energy efficiency, the most energy efficient window treatment must be covering the most energy efficient window pane. We have provided a guide of different window panes and treatment options and the combination that will have the biggest impact on your electric bill.
At ABC Blind & Drapery, we offer several types of energy efficient windows and treatments that allow you to control the percent of light allowed in and in turn, lower your electricity bill! Our best options are our solar screens and cellular shades. Our solar screens are exterior mounted and available in multiple UV ray blockage percentages. Cellular shades are also an excellent choice for thermal protection, while still allowing you to maximize window view when open. Both the solar screens and cellular shades are available in various colors, while cellular shades give you the option between manually operated or motorized.
When it comes to updating the window panes in your home, technology has come a long way in the past twenty years. The windows commonly found in older homes are often single-paned and provide little insulation compared to today’s preferred double-pane window. Here is an article from HomeAdvisor on the pros and cons of installing double-pane windows. As for energy efficiency, there are Energy Star ratings applied to different window types, as well as different tints and glazes that are best suited for certain climates. However, if you have the latest and greatest windows, but they aren’t properly installed…you are also kissing money goodbye.
Aside from paying to have your windows updated to the top of the line energy efficient panes, ensuring that your current windows are properly installed, checking for air leaks and using energy efficient window treatments are ways that you can increase the energy efficiency of your home. This article from energy.gov provides a detailed description on how to select new windows, as well as minor things you can do around your home to improve efficiency.
At ABC Blind & Drapery, we make it a point to cater to your needs including many types of energy efficient windows and treatments. Whether your focus is design, function, or the perfect combination of design and function — we are happy to assist you in choosing a window treatment that fits your needs.