July 13, 2017 Energy-Efficient Window Treatments Window treatments can make a huge impact on energy consumption. As much as 50% of a home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows. All Hunter Douglas window treatments provide window insulation, offering your home increased protection against heat loss during the winter, while minimizing the sun’s heat or “solar heat” during the summer. Improve Insulation In winter months, indoor heating escapes through windows to the outdoors. During the summertime, outside heat flows the opposite direction and into your home. Many Hunter Douglas window treatments help insulate homes; this reduces energy consumption, saves on heating and cooling costs, and creates a more comfortable room setting. Solar Heat Control The warmth provided by the sun (solar energy) may be desirable during winter months, yet this same heat can make a room overly hot and uncomfortable during the summer months, driving up air conditioning costs. Many window treatments are designed to reduce the amount of solar heat that passes through the window, which is known as the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). The lower the SHGC, the more protected your home is from the sun’s heat. Enjoy the sun’s warmth when desired, is as simple as raising or opening window treatments. Daylighting Daylighting is the practice of lighting rooms with natural light rather than generating illumination from electricity. With Hunter Douglas window treatments, you can control how much natural light comes into your room. Sheers and other select styles actually diffuse light as it enters, helping to draw it deeper into the room. You may also direct incoming light where it’s needed most by tilting louvers, slats, vanes, blinds and panels. Proper window treatments drawing natural light into a room and reduce your need for other types of lighting, netting energy savings. How to Further Maximize Window Treatments and Your Energy Savings: Ensure your windows and doors are properly weather-stripped. Caulk around basement and storm windows. When heating or cooling, keep windows locked. Open your window coverings during sunny winter days to catch free solar heat then close them at night to keep that heat in. Close your window coverings during summer days to keep the heat out. Learn more about Horizon Window Fashions and check out the extensive line of Hunter Douglas window treatments that we offer. To see our window coverings in person, contact us or stop by our showroom located across from Reno Costco.