If you’ve lived in your home for several months or years, chances are you will need window treatments at some point. However, how do you know which window treatments are best for you? There is a plethora of options out there, and sorting through them can become overwhelming. Familiarizing yourself with the basics can make it easier to determine which window treatments you actually need.
Energy-Efficient Houston Window Treatments
In our environmentally conscious time, some of the first window treatments to consider are ones that promote energy efficiency. All these treatments keep your Texas home “green” and help you save significant time and money.
The Shading Company recommends insulation as your first window treatment. It’s one of the easiest ways to maintain your home’s comfortable temperature without constantly running the heat or air conditioning. Additionally, strong insulation can protect your home from outside environmental factors, such as insect or rodent damage. Durable insulation will last for years, decreasing the possibility of wasting good building materials and renewable resources.
Solar heat control is another great Houston window treatment that keeps your home energy efficient. It’s especially popular with homeowners who live in hot climates and want to reduce air-conditioning costs. You can customize your windows to allow the maximum amount of heat inside during the winter and keep the interior cool during spring and summer. Additionally, solar heat control panels have become more fashionable, which can add to your home’s aesthetic value.
Finally, consider daylighting to make your home more environmentally friendly. Daylighting lets you rely on natural rather than artificial light and does many things to benefit the environment. It’s also physically and emotionally healthy; natural light boosts several vitamins including A and D, and it may help you deal with work stress, mood swings, and other emotional issues. Certain shade and shutter types facilitate daylighting better than others, so be sure to ask for a professional opinion.
Beautifying Window Treatments
We all want our homes to be beautiful retreats, and the right window treatments facilitate this. If your current windows look dull, a new set of shades or shutters may give them a much-needed lift. All shades and shutters have their own aesthetic benefits, but some are better known for their appearance than others. The Shading Company highly recommends plantation shutters and Roman shades as being most energy efficient.
Plantation shutters might be the most elegant window treatments available. They can be crafted from wood or wood polymers and are highly durable, but they are also prized for their beauty. They open and close just like a bi-fold or double door, and their slats can be adjusted to give you the perfect amount of sunlight and privacy. Additionally, plantation shutters are known to provide protection in extreme weather conditions.
Roman shades also have plenty of aesthetic value. They are considered less heavy, dark, and oppressive than full drapery but still come in a variety of colors and patterns. You can mix and match Roman shade colors and textures to bring out the best in your interior design. Most companies offer a wide variety from opaque to translucent, ensuring the shades always look perfect with your décor.
If you are in the market for these or any other window treatments, The Shading Company’s representatives are always available. Call us at (713) 597-2884 or contact us online for a consultation.