When winter approaches, you likely want to feel warm and comfortable inside your home—without spending a small fortune on energy bills. For many homeowners, however, the only way for them to feel cozy is to crank up the thermostat and deal with the bill later. The good news is, there are several window coverings available that can help insulate your home so that there is less of a burden placed on your HVAC system. These window treatments include:
The foremost window treatment that will keep your home warmer in the winter is cellular shades (also called honeycomb shades). Unlike hard window treatments like blinds or shutters, these shades are made of a soft paper- or cloth-like material. They’re uniquely designed with cells that hold trapped air and create a barrier between the window surface and the room. This helps to insulate your home, keeping its interior warmer during the winter and cooler during the summer.
The amount of insulation that cellular shades provide is dependent upon the size of the pleats and the number of cells. Concerning the pleats, the larger they are, the more energy efficient. As for the cells, multi-layered cells do a better job of trapping air and insulating your windows, and they’re available in single-, double-, and triple-cell models.
Plantation shutters are another window treatment that can help insulate your home during the winter. That’s because they are extra thick and fit snugly against your windows, effectively trapping air against the window glass and creating an added layer of insulation.
Thick curtains in heavyweight, tightly woven textiles—such as velvet, tweed, or suede—provide a dense barrier between a cold window and the rest of the room. Bonus? Drapes add a look of elegance and sophistication to any room, and they’re available in a vast array of fabrics, colors, patterns, and other design options to suit your taste.
Combination Window Coverings
Layering different window treatments is a great way to winterize your windows and maximize thermal performance. Some combinations can be cellular shades and drapes, or plantation shutters with curtains—experiment and see what you like!
Bay Home & Window
If you want to install window treatments that will help warm your Northern California home during the winter, turn to the professionals at Bay Home & Window. Since our founding in 1994, we have become one the largest and most award window treatment companies in the industry, and we’ve performed more than 100,000 installations for happy customers. We offer plantation shutters, drapes, shades, and many other top-of-the-line window treatments that are completely customized to suit your home, taste, and budget. And, since we are a direct wholesale supplier, we can offer these energy-efficient window treatments at a price that’s 20-30% less than you’d pay at retail outlets, so you won’t have to sacrifice quality for savings.
Contact Bay Home & Window today to learn more about the top-tier window coverings we offer to homeowners in Pleasanton & the Entire San Francisco Bay Area.