Lower Your Heating Bill with Energy-Efficient Window Treatments

One of the smartest options when it comes to home improvement is looking at whether or not there is will be a return on your investment. One of those options is improving your window treatments. This is an especially good option for older homes because in older homes you will find that installation and window treatments are lacking. Currently, windows are more often than not double paned, but it wasn’t always like that so you will want to add treatments to save yourself some money in the long run. If you are looking to lower your heating bill through energy efficient windows, one of your options would be window shades. “When properly installed, window shades can be one of the simplest and most effective window treatments for saving energy.” – Energy.com. You can’t go wrong with this window treatment. It looks sleek and elegant and will save you money all while being affordable. Adding shades to your home can give it a touch of cohesiveness throughout your home that your guest will appreciate. Another great option is high-reflectivity films. This is a unique option and rarely thought of but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worthy of consideration. High-reflectivity films are easy to install to your window panes and will save your money year-round. It helps keep your home cool during the summer and helps keep the heat in during the winter. The only downside to this, depending on which direction your window is facing can greatly affect how effective this window treatment is. We do recommend this option for someone looking for a quick fix. Our last pick for our readers is the most popular, drapery. Drapes are an easy addition for any home. Not only can drapery save you money by keeping the cold out during the winter months and the cool in during the summer but it is a great way to decorate your home. Drapery gives you an option to add an extra little something to your home.  “When drawn during cold weather, most conventional draperies can reduce heat loss from a warm room up to 10%. Therefore, in winter, you should close all draperies at night, as well as draperies that don’t receive sunlight during the day.”