Window Treatment Wednesday: National Energy Awareness Month

Heat Loss at Windows
Without energy-efficient window treatments, as much as 30% of a home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows. The red areas indicate heat loss at the window.

Invest in energy efficient window treatments.

October is National Energy Awareness Month, a national effort to underscore how central energy is to our national prosperity, security, and environmental well-being. In commemoration of National Energy Awareness Month, the Hirshfield’s Shop at Home resident window treatment expert Shannon shares her tips to keep your windows fashionable, functional, and energy efficient.

National Energy Awareness Month

When we talk about energy efficiency, we tend to talk about keeping the heat in or out.  There are actually three things to consider when talking about energy efficiency:

  • Insulation
  • Solar heat control
  • Daylighting

Our window treatment experts can help determine which shades or blinds are best for you, but you should be aware of ratings so you can make an informed purchasing decision based on insulation, solar heat control, and daylighting. Many companies used to rate their products by an R-value.  Unfortunately, they were using independent companies and it wasn’t consistent within the industry. As we know, there are many different window manufacturing companies and types of windows, which made these variables change too much.  Hunter Douglas has moved to a star rating system for Insulation, Solar Heat Control, Daylighting, UV Protection and Sound Absorption.  The more stars, the better it is.

In Minnesota, our main concern tends to be insulation for cold winter months. Duette Architella by Hunter Douglas will help the most with reducing heating costs this winter. This past year, Hunter introduced the 1 ½” Trielle fabric. The opaque fabrics in this collection have the highest star rating in the aforementioned Hunter Douglas system. The Trielle fabric is now a 6 star for Insulation and Solar Heat Control, making it a great choice for Minnesota homes.

Where your window is placed can affect temperature changes within the room due to sun exposure. Your south and west windows will naturally have more light coming in from them. This is great for the winter months when we want to bring some of that sunshine and warmth into our rooms, however in the summertime, it is the exact opposite. Those rooms that face south or west can heat up from sunshine. UV exposure is not only harmful to skin, it can also damage furnishings, floors and fine art. Most Hunter Douglas

products have fabric options that filter out 99 percent of these harmful rays in the closed position.

Many Hunter Douglas window fashions, including Silhouette® window shadings and Luminette® Privacy Sheers, filter out as much as 86 percent of harmful UV rays in the open-vane position. Window treatments can help year-round, blocking out sunshine or trapping in warmth!

Honeycomb shades are a great option with energy efficiency in mind. The cell construction creates a pocket. This pocket traps air which helps to prevent extreme temperature changes in your home. The more cells there are and the larger they are, the more energy efficient the shade is.

Depending on what your needs are, The Hirshfield’s Shop at Home center can help determine what product will work the best!

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

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