Energy Efficiency

Creating Your Comfort Zone

Creating Your Comfort Zone

Window treatments can go a long way toward boosting your home’s energy efficiency, keeping you comfortable. That’s because compared to insulated walls and ceilings, windows easily allow more heat to escape from a room in winter and more heat to enter a room in summer. 

 

In fact, without energy-efficient window coverings, a home can lose up to 30% of heating and cooling energy through its windows, according to the Department of Energy.

How Window Treatments Improve Energy Efficiency

How Window Treatments Improve Energy Efficiency

Window treatments help with a home’s energy efficiency by providing insulation, controlling solar heat gain, and by using natural light to reduce the use of electric light (called daylighting), which saves energy. Here’s a look at each—and how they help create your comfort zone. 

Providing insulation—winter/cool climates

In winter, or if you live in a cool climate, window treatments help insulate at the window, preventing heat from escaping and keeping a room warmer.

 

Open your window treatments during the day so that free solar heat from direct sunlight will warm your home.

 

On cloudy winter days, close your window treatments to add an insulating layer to your house that will keep warm air in.

 

At night, close your window treatments to add that insulating layer.

 

Controlling solar heat gain—summer/warm climates

During the day, close your window treatments to prevent the sun’s harsh rays from heating up a room, keeping it cooler (so your A/C doesn’t have to work as hard).

 

At night, keep your window treatments closed to keep the cool air in.

 

Using daylighting

Natural light illuminating a room can make it more inviting, and may even boost your mood at the same time. You can maximize natural light with window treatments that draw it into a room, reducing the need for electric light, which reduces energy use.

Leading Energy-Efficient Styles

Leading Energy-Efficient Styles

When it comes to window treatments, energy efficiency and comfort go hand in hand. And while all Hunter Douglas window treatments help you live more comfortably, the following are the best options when it comes to enhancing energy efficiency.

Cellular Shades

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades are the most insulating interior shades available anywhere. While you might think your vinyl blinds are helping save energy, field studies have shown that cellular shades outperform traditional vinyl blinds in terms of energy efficiency.

  • Duette Architella® Honeycomb Shades—This style is the most energy-efficient cellular shade available, providing even greater insulation than the original Duette. That’s because its honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb construction has more layers of fabric and insulating pockets than other fabrics in the Duette line. 

 

  • Duette® Honeycomb Shades—The original cellular shade, featuring a unique honeycomb construction that traps air in distinct pockets, for an extra layer of insulation at the window. Available for every window shape, including skylights and European-style tilt and turn windows, as well as French and sliding doors.

Roller And Solar Shades

Roller And Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades feature clean, contemporary lines, and help reduce heat gain in a room; solar shades also filter sunlight.

  • Sonnette® Cellular Roller Shades—These modern cellular shades combine the insulating construction of a cellular shade with the clean lines and simplicity of a roller shade. 

 

  • Designer Screen Shades—Designed to provide UV protection while reducing glare and heat gain in a room, Designer Screen Shades are available in a range of openness factors so you can select the view and level of light you want.

Roman Shades

Roman Shades

Roman shades provide the benefits of a cellular shade but with the luxurious look of a Roman shade.

  • Vignette® Modern Roman Shades—Vignette features exquisite woven fabrics, flat or contoured folds, and doesn’t have exposed cords on the back of the shade.

 

  • Vignette Duolite®—This style combines a light-filtering or sheer front shade with a room-darkening back panel; once the front shade is completely lowered you can adjust the back panel for varying levels of light control (and privacy). The room-darkening liner provides additional energy efficiency to already energy-efficient, beautifully woven Vignette fabrics.

 

  • Solera® Soft Shades—These shades combine the soft folds of a classic Roman shade with a cellular construction. They’re available in gorgeous woven and non-woven fabrics, colors, patterns and textures, in both light-filtering and room-darkening opacities.

Side Panels And Drapery

Side Panels And Drapery

Side panels and drapery add another layer of insulation at the window, while helping to prevent light gaps.

Shutters

Shutters

Interior shutters—whether wood or vinyl—add character to a room, while the natural insulating properties of wood and the air barrier inside vinyl shutters help create a more comfortable space. 

 

In winter, open shutter louvers so the sun’s rays can help warm up interiors—or close them to keep cold air out. In summer, close louvers to help keep warm air and the sun’s rays out, so a room stays cooler, reducing air conditioning costs.

  • NewStyle® Hybrid Shutters—Durable and beautiful, these hybrid shutters are great for high-traffic areas, and are available in a variety of colors and design styles.
 
  • Palm Beach Polysatin Shutters—Because these shutters are made to take the heat, they’re ideal for windows exposed to sunlight and moisture, and are an excellent choice for damp or humid spaces. Made from a durable polysatin compound, Palm Beach shutters won’t warp, crack, fade, chip or peel.

Adding Smarts To Your Shades, Drapery And Shutters

Adding Smarts To Your Shades, Drapery And Shutters

To capitalize on the energy efficiency you get from shades, you need to raise and lower them as necessary, depending on the time of day and time of year. But what if you’re not home, or simply busy? 

 

That’s where automated shades (as well as automated drapery or shutters) can help. 

 

Automated window treatments add convenience to your day to day, while making it easier to save energy. With PowerView® Automation, you can schedule your window treatments to move according to schedules you set. That way, they’ll be in the best positions to block heat loss when it’s cold or keep out harsh rays in the summer. And if you integrate your PowerView Hub with a compatible smart-home system, you can program your window treatments to adjust in response to light- and temperature-sensor commands sent from that system. 

 

For instance, when your home reaches a certain temperature, you can set your shades to automatically lower, blocking light from entering the room. This provides better insulation, blocks solar heat gain and also prevents the sun from fading and deteriorating your fabrics, carpet, hardwood floors and other wood surfaces.