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Top 3 Energy-Efficient Window Treatments

There is so much to love about windows: the light they let in, opening them on the first warm spring day of the season, and the open element they add to any room. Unfortunately, most windows/glass features are the most inefficient locations in the home regarding energy conservation - an inefficiency that can impact your monthly energy bill heavily.

Duette Honeycomb shades in a dark bedroom near Newport News, Virginia (VA)

Our team at Unusual Designs Inc. wants you to enjoy your windows without stressing about your energy bill. As proud Hunter Douglas® dealers, there are window covering options that allow you to improve your home's energy efficiency and look great while doing it.

Honeycomb Shades

Duette Architella® Honeycomb Shades are made of a unique honeycomb-shaped material that provides privacy, blocks out light, and helps you save energy.

How They Work

The unique honeycomb structure of cellular shades creates a miniature air pocket between the two liners. This insulated air pocket acts as a barrier between your window and the interior of your home.

Having that extra layer of insulation slows how fast heat can transfer through your window, making it easier for your home to stay cool in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Dual Roller Shades

What's better than one roller shade? TWO roller shades! This innovative design brings two roller shades to a single window, one mounted in front and one behind.

Typically, one shade is a blackout shade to block all light from a window, and one shade is a sheer shade, softly diffusing the light instead.

How They Work

The energy efficiency of dual roller shades stems from the same area as honeycomb shades - they create an insulating air pocket when both shades are down. However, even having one shade down has energy efficiency benefits:

  • The blackout shade blocks out all light from entering your home or apartment. This can keep your home much cooler during the summer, making life easy on your HVAC system.
  • The sheer layer allows you to still enjoy views outside without sacrificing privacy or security by allowing natural light into the room during the daytime hours when needed most. Though less efficient, even having a sheer layer over your windows is an improvement over most window treatments.

Blackout Curtains & Drapes

For those looking for something a little more grandiose, curtains and drapes can also play a significant role in creating an energy-efficient space - they can even be paired with the above window treatments.

How They Work

Blackout fabrics absorb heat instead of reflecting it as lighter-colored materials do. This means that your home will stay cooler during the summer months when the sun's rays are strongest - and even in the wintertime if you live in a warmer climate or have south-facing windows (which receive more direct sunlight).

On top of their energy benefits, blackout curtains also block out light from entering through your windows at night to aid with a good night's sleep.

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Have questions? We have answers! The Unusual Designs team are experts in all things interior design, from your ceilings to your floor. Request a consultation to start your interior design journey today!