Recently we were called by a client to remove and reinstall her window treatments that we had done a few years back as she was having her windows replaced. During our initial appointment she mentioned that the window "expert" told her: "Once you replace these windows, you won't need these drapes".... Say What!!! Okay, okay I am thinking maybe he just doesn't like custom draperies. Whatever his preference in window coverings, it certainly has ignited a spark to this blog: The Last Step To An Energy Efficient Home.
Sure, you've replaced the windows, given up the water heater blanket for a tankless system, set the thermometer to 68 degrees, swapped out the light bulbs while reminding the kids for the umpteenth time to turn off that light! and, you've even considered radiant heat flooring, but what's the common denominator to The Energy Efficient Home?
Common Denominator #1 The Rules
We do love this quote: "No rules, no right or wrong, just what you think is beautiful" and if you're at this stage in the renovation, certainly the window coverings must be considered for keeping the heat in or keeping the heat out of our Energy Efficient Home, which brings us to Rule Number One - Layering.
Layering - An Essential Guide to Insulating Windows
We're running hot and cold - maybe a t-shirt for today, and, then I better bring a sweater, a scarf, a hat.... you know the routine. That same way we think of our daily wardrobe is also the way we should dress our windows. With layers! Layering the windows brings us the ultimate to an Energy Efficient Home. The question must be asked then: What are your windows wearing? Let's start with the foundation, fondly referred to as Rule #2
Common Denominator #2 The Foundation
The "foundation", simply put, is the shade, the blind, the shutter, the practical application that allows light, light filtering, light blocking, privacy, color, style and presents so many possibilities for our Energy Efficient Home by insulating the window. How do you know the window covering is insulating? ASK FOR THE R-VALUE, which leads us to our next question.
What's an R-Value?
Ahhhh, we are assured, by this chart, that the layers at the window do increase our energy efficiency. Okay, we proved our point (insert wink) and we're moving on with our energy-efficient window covering foundations, yes, foundations, the starting point to great design.
Common Denominator #3 Layer With Drapes
We've offered up a few "foundation" ideas to start with and now for the grand finale...
The Drapery! Nothing finishes the window like a custom drapery. From the pleat style to the luxurious folds of the fabric, it's the lining that creates the energy-efficient drape. Consider quality thermal or black-out linings and be sure to select a color for those street facing windows that coordinates with your home's exterior.
An uncovered window wants to be covered. Will any combination do?
This much I know is true, We Love Drapes!
With a fully-lined custom drapery you expand the options of your foundation window covering, (aka: common denominator #2), as the drapery becomes the major insulator - sheery, open weave fabrics become an option. Think back to when sheer drapery panels were combined with a full drapery all set-up on a double traversing rod. A practical solution for its time that gave you the fully exposed view through the window when both drapery pairs were drawn, filtered light when the sheers were closed and so on. With today's technical advances in window coverings, one shade will do it all and the drapery? The drapery is the finishing touch that completes the room, and there we have it "The Last Step To An Energy Efficient Home".
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