Dare With Flair...
Make Your Home More
Attractive & Energy-Efficient
Energy costs: No laughing matter
Whether it's retaining heat in the winter,
shading the sun's rays in the summer, or providing maximum UV blockage and sound absorption, proper window coverings can
substantially cut your energy costs and improve comfort levels and overall décor. The result is a surprisingly early
return on investment and a refreshing new look you will enjoy for years to come.
Planning ahead: Fashion meets efficiency
When choosing window coverings for a home,
planning for energy efficiency is a must. There are many window covering options that maximize the energy efficiency of
a home, while adding fashion flair that dares at a bargain:
Cellular Shades: Superior insulation and a view from the top
- Choose your shade. Cellular shades are available in different grades of opaqueness; from light-filtering
to room-darkening varieties. Side rails, which completely eliminate outside light, can also be added.
- The more, the better. Cellular shades come in single, double, or triple-celled shades. The more cells you
have, the better your insulation and ability to block glare.
- Size does matter. If your window is large, it's smart to choose larger cells. The larger versions have more
static air and act as a better barrier for energy efficiency.
- Enjoy the view. Another benefit of the cellular shade is that when raised, cellular shades stack higher than
most products, giving you an unobstructed view.
- They're easy and effective. You'll be amazed at how effective cellular shades are at conserving energy,
and you'll be pleasantly surprised at how easy they are to install.
Wooden blinds: Solid decorative flair and solid insulation
- Close the holes. The no-route-holes choice, referred to by one manufacturer as the "De-light" option, will
eliminate the holes in the center of the blind's slats, allowing them to close tighter. As a result, your room will be
darker and more energy-efficient.
- Block the glare. The "De-light" option also comes in handy when trying to eliminate glare on a TV or computer
monitor - or to prevent a bright security light from beaming into your bedroom.
- The fact is faux. Faux wood blinds are available either in solid vinyl or in a combination of vinyl and
wood. Plus, specially-shaped trapezoid bottom rails allow the blind's slats to close tighter, resulting in better
blockage of light and outside elements.
- Heads up. When closing blinds, you'll maximize insulation if you close the blinds with the leading edge up.
Vertical blinds: Low maintenance and light-controlling
- The vertical challenge. These blinds are popular and well-suited for wide windows and patio doors.
- Don't vane in vain. Choose vanes made either of vinyl (PVC) or fabric verticals, which can be backed with
vinyl to block out more heat, as well as to keep out more light.
- Function with flair. Over the last few years, the PVC selection has grown in popularity, due to manufacturing
processes that can make PVC look like fabric by actually embossing the surface of the vanes. So you'll get the flair
of "fabric" with the lower price and ease of cleaning normally associated with PVC.
Sheerweave Sun Control shades: A fresh alternative to the ordinary
- Equally elegant and efficient. Sun control fabrics add beauty and elegance to complement your interior décor,
while enhancing the quality of light at your window.
- Beauty never fades. This type of fabric also helps reduce the fading of draperies, carpets and other interior
furnishings, while continuing to offer a view to the outside.
- Easy does it. All sun control shades come standard with continuous loop clutch mechanisms, so the system
raises and lowers the shades easily and evenly for smooth, trouble-free performance. This translates into no more long,
dangling cords or frustrating cord locks or cleats to hassle with.