Fighting off the chill of winter can seem rather impossible at times. While many of us enjoy the beauty of snow and cozy nights in, it can be frustrating if you can’t escape the negatives of winter. These negatives often take the form of a constantly cold home or else an overworked heater or furnace. This in turn leads to other irritating symptoms of winter such as a perpetually runny nose. However, by making small improvements to your home, you can improve your home’s energy efficiency and keep the chill of winter at bay. That’s why Carol’s Custom Draperies is here to help!
The first step in improving your home’s energy efficiency is to identify any gaps in your home’s exterior that can let cold air in. Often the first place you should check is the area around your doors. Depending on the material, your doors can expand and shrink or just suffer damage from use and wear. If there are gaps around the door, then you will want to insulate those and protect from the cold of outside.
Once you have checked your doors, you’ll want to check the rest of your walls and outside surfaces for gaps, cracks and holes. Each one you identify should be repaired and insulated. This will help keep your home operating efficiently because the warm air will be kept inside and the cold air won’t be able to seep in as easily.
Many of us also lose a lot of heat through our windows. Like our doors, if there are any gaps, these should be sealed. In some cases, it might be better to replace the window. However, even with high-quality, insulated windows, you can still suffer some energy loss. That’s where insulating window treatments come in.
You can enjoy a more energy efficient home by installing honeycomb or cellular shades. Duette® Honeycomb Shades from Hunter Douglas are the original energy-efficient shade. These beautiful window treatments are more than just home décor and a simple window covering; they can make a difference in your energy bills. Thanks to their honeycomb construction, these shades have cells or pockets that help trap air. This creates additional insulation around your windows, which are one of the more vulnerable areas of your home. Since you can customize these shades to fit nearly any window type, you can enjoy more energy efficiency throughout your whole home.
To further maximize the energy efficiency of your home, you might choose to strategically open and close your shades to take advantage of the warmth of natural sunlight. By installing your honeycomb shades with PowerView® Motorization, you can completely automate this process. With this wireless operating system, you can control your shades with a remote or mobile device and schedule the movements of your window treatments. If you know where the light will be coming in, you can schedule those shades to open automatically at the right time and schedule other shades to close.
To learn more about how you can enjoy a more energy efficient home, contact Carol’s Custom Draperies today. We serve all of North Texas including Denton, Argyle, Corinth, Bartonville, Lantana; the counties of Denton, Collin, Cooke, Wise, Tarrant, and Dallas; and southern Oklahoma, and with our free in-home consultation, we can help you find the shades that will look perfect in your home.