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Reduce Heating & Cooling Costs

On beautiful days your open windows bring gentle breezes, sights, and sounds into your home. But on harsh days with blazing heat or bone-chilling cold you want protection, and a closed window can’t provide that alone. Adding energy-efficient window treatments can be the most effective investment you make to control your utility bill. And while you’re doing what’s practical, Hunter Douglas can help you do what’s stylish, adding long-lasting value to your home.

40% of the heat that escapes from your home leaves through the windows. And 50% of the solar heat that enters a room comes in through—you guessed it—the windows. Obviously, energy efficient treatments can translate into considerable utility bill savings, especially if your windows are on a cold north exposure in the winter or a sun-saturated west wall in the summer.

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.
Hunter Douglas Duette® honeycomb shades add a layer of insulation at the window keeping your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Hunter Douglas Duette® honeycomb shades add a layer of insulation at the window keeping your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

KEEP YOUR HOME WARMER IN THE WINTER AND COOLER IN THE SUMMER

 

Hunter Douglas is an industry leader in making a big energy savings difference at the window. In 1985, Hunter Douglas invented the highly energy-efficient Duette® honeycomb shades in response to the energy crisis of the late 1970s. Their latest innovation is the Duette Architella® honeycomb fabric featuring a honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb design for even greater energy efficiency.  Without energy-efficient window treatments, as much as 30% of a home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows.

HUNTER DOUGLAS PRODUCTS HELP CONSERVE ENERGY AT THE WINDOW IN MANY IMPORTANT WAYS:

Energy efficient window treatments for insulation

Insulation

In winter months, your home heating escapes to the outdoors through your windows while in the summertime, the outside heat flows into your home through these same windows. With window treatments that provide insulation, you can reduce energy consumption, save on heating and cooling costs, and create a more comfortable atmosphere.

Right now save $100 or more with Hunter Douglas energy-efficient shades. Find out more here.

Solar Heat Control

The warmth provided by the sun, its solar energy, may be desirable during the winter to help heat your home, but in the summer, it can make a room overly hot and uncomfortable—driving up air conditioning costs. Many Hunter Douglas window fashions help to control solar heat by allowing it into your home in the winter and minimizing the amount that comes in during the summer.

Daylighting

Daylighting is the practice of lighting rooms with natural light rather than artificial light. By drawing natural light into a room many of our window treatments reduce the need for other types of lighting, thereby reducing your energy use.

5 TIPS FOR SAVING ENERGY AT THE WINDOW

  • 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 Energy Ratings here