Windows have a huge impact on the way we see our homes. They allow natural light to enter a room while shutting the outside world out. They provide views, make a room look more spacious and inevitably make a house a home.
However even the best windows have a hard time doing everything that we expect and need from them. You may find that when the sun is shining unwanted heat and glare enter a room, and when it is chilly outside your window may struggle to keep the cold locked outside. Unfortunately this may result in having a higher cooling or heating bill. This can come as a major budgetary concern for many people.
Luckily there is another solution in creating the perfect ambience in your home while keeping costs low. This solution is choosing the right window coverings to increase the energy efficiency of your home.
The Research Behind Window Coverings Being Energy Efficient
Windows are often referred to as ‘holes in the wall’ for a good reason. Studies from the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) show that the typical window accounts for 25% off annual heating and cooling costs while older houses can see windows accounting for more than 40%. This shows that the most high-performance windows have room to become more energy efficient.
Research undertaken at Glasgow Caledonian University for English Heritage shows that if a single glazed window is fitted with a roller blind heat loss will be reduced by 40%.
Which Window Coverings Would Mostly Benefit Your Home?
All window blinds have energy-saving benefits; however the energy-saving performance of your blinds depends on a number of factors. These factors include what style of blinds is required, what type of fabric is being used, and where the blind will be fitted.
Choosing the right window blinds for your home can save you money by reducing the need to use domestic conditioning and heating systems. Making sure all cracks and seals around your windows can also make a big difference. For more information on finding the right window coverings and how they can make a difference for you contact Expression Blinds today!