3 ways bare windows cost homeowners
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Bare windows can cost homeowners in unexpected ways, with problems that can lead to damage to belongings and bank balances.
Blinds, shades and draperies can do more than block light and views into the home.
“Many homeowners focus solely on the design impact of window treatments, however blinds, shades, shutters and drapery play an important functional role, increasing privacy, energy efficiency and UV protection,” said Kim Rush, VP of sales and merchandising for Decorview.
Security is often an overlooking priority for window coverings. In fact, law enforcement experts say that a casing precedes most home invasions, where burglars peek through uncovered windows in search of valuables in plain sight. Window treatments protect belongings from theft, obscuring a home’s interior from outside view.
For homeowners worried about sacrificing light for increased privacy should consider sheer window treatments, like Hunter Douglas Silhouette window shadings, which allow light to enter a room even when drawn, while at the same time protecting a home’s interior from view.
As much as 50 percent of heating and cooling energy is lost through the windows, and considering most rooms have at least one, bare windows can result in a significant financial and energy drain. Insulating window treatments, such as cellular shades and shutters, act as an additional barrier between the window and a home’s interior, helping prevent the exchange of hot and cold air during winter and summer months.
UV rays aren’t just harmful to the skin; they can also cause irreversible damage to furnishings, floors and artwork that experience consistent exposure to direct sunlight. Nearly all window treatments offer some degree of UV protection, however many window coverings are designed not only to protect valuables from fading, but also maintain view-through to the outdoors.
Work with with an experienced window covering contractor for in-depth guidance on selecting window treatments. An experienced designer in can help homeowners and building professionals explore products, colors, fabrics and finishes to make the best decisions for a home.
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