Window treatments can help tame energy loss and make a home more comfortable (video)

| by Gary Wollenhaupt
Window treatments can help tame energy loss and make a home more comfortable (video)

It’s well known that much of a home’s energy loss takes place through the windows. But there are solutions to that problem that don’t require new windows.

Insulated curtains, shades and other window treatments can make a big difference in a home’s comfort and energy use.

In 1985 Hunter Douglas introduced the highly energy-efficient Duette honeycomb shades in response to the energy crisis of the late 1970s. The company has continued to develop the technology, recently launching the Duette Architella honeycomb shades, which offer superior energy efficiency thanks to their patented honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb construction, and Vignette Tiered Architella Shades, featuring rear fabric air pockets that trap air and create an extra layer of insulation.

The science of window treatments

Hunter Douglas says that without energy-efficient window treatments, as much as 50 percent of a home's heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows. Window insulation offers a home increased protection against heat loss during the winter, as well as minimizing solar heat gain during the summer.

David Parrett of Hunter Douglas explains the science behind window treatments and the role they can play in making your home more green.

Read more about energy-efficient windows and doors.

Topics: Bedroom, Heating & Cooling, Insulation, Interior Design, Kitchen, Living Room, Windows

Gary Wollenhaupt

Gary Wollenhaupt is an experienced writer and editor, with a background as a daily newspaper reporter as well as corporate and agency public relations and marketing. He is constantly looking for affordable green upgrades to make to his home in eastern Kentucky.

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