think all you need is a Snuggie to keep you warm in the Winter, you are sorely
mistaken. Window treatments are an critical part of home insulation. Home
insulation is a topic on everybody’s minds these days, but most people don’t
really understand their options. There are plenty of super expensive ways to
help keep the heat inside your home (aluminum siding, attic insulation), and
you should most likely do those things too, especially if you live in colder
climates. But window treatments, believe it or not, do a great job of
insulating your home. Certain blinds and shades trap expensive heat in, just as
they block solar heat in the summer. Plus, there are some new, exciting, and
innovative products on the horizon that you’ll want to know about for even
stock of what you already have. A good rule of thumb is that shades, which are
made from a single piece of material that can’t tilt open and closed, are
better insulators because heating and cooling can’t escape through the slats.
There are a
few shades that I highly recommend for home insulation:
ComforTrack 3/8” Double Cell Blackout Shade: The ComforTrack products
at Blinds.com are approved for federal tax credit, meaning that because
they are so energy efficient and help reduce energy spending so much, the
government is actually going to give you a refund for putting them in your
home. They are Energy Star approved. The system consists of side tracks
that attach to
your window frame with magnets. They have specially fitted end caps which,
along with the notched sides of the shade, minimize energy loss. They are available in Light
Filtering too, but the Blackout version will provide total light
blockage and privacy when you need it.
- Blinds.com One
Day ¾” Single Cell Blackout Shade: This shade will not only be made
for you in record time (one day! seriously.) but the cells are lined with
mylar. Mylar is a strong but thin polyester that lines the wall of each
cell, creating a real and noticeable barrier between you and the frosty
outdoor air. If you’ve ever stood by a window that has no covering on a
cold day, you know that air can and will seep in through little cracks.
This shade will prevent that from happening.
DiamondCell 3/8” Midnight Double Cell Blackout Shade: Another great
insulating honeycomb shade from one of my fave brands, Bali.
This shade comes in more colors than you can imagine.