One of the many environmentally friendly choices we make at the Levesque household is using energy efficient drapery and blinds.
Energy saving blinds can help reduce your electric bills in both summer and winter by reducing how often your furnace and air conditioner run. They are beneficial to keeping your home comfortable when the weather turns cold and when the summer sun and heat come barreling down on your home.
Traditionally, most window coverings are not thermal in nature. Without thermal drapes during the winter months you can actually feel the cool air radiating from the curtains or blinds. Larger windows are more susceptible to this, that is why it is important to utilize a thermal widow covering. Many companies offer a a great selection thermal window coverings for very reasonable prices. You can even order your blinds through the internet also.
At issue though can be the cost of purchasing all new drapery and blinds for your home. We had to consider this when we decided to go that route. This is what we did…well my wife did because she sews. We actually took our existing drapery and simply added a thermal lining. This proved to be substantially less expensive than buying all new drapery. Plus, we really like the the drapes we have. I believe there was a 78% difference between adding a thermal lining versus buying new drapes.
Once the drapes were completed and after hanging them, one thing we noticed almost immediately since it was approaching winter was the amount of draftiness that was gone from the home. Even with our diligence in making sure our windows were sealed properly. There was a certain comfort level that we had not experienced before.
While we heat overall with wood during the winter, we have the furnace as a back up for the coldest of nights when the wood stove cannot keep up. We have experience less furnace time with the new thermal lined drapes than we did prior to adding the lining.
As the cost of energy continues to increase, it is vital that we look at all ares within our homes that we can better insulate from the outdoor elements. We do not use an air conditioner at all during the warmer months of the summer. The sunshine blasting through the widows can certainly heat up a home quite quickly. The new thermal drapery liners have reduced the amount of radiant heat that is generated through the windows during the day. This keeps our home considerably cooler during the day and very comfortable at night. Well, except when the temperature hits the 90′s with high humidity…whew!
Other than great insulation here are a few more benefits of insulated widow coverings: The help with sound reduction. We have all wood floors throughout so the echo can sometimes be a bit much especially with two young children and two dogs running around. They add to your privacy as they are not transparent. Along with this they allow for more light control, too. Plus they are longer lasting. The thermal lining is like a second drape which adds to the life of the main drape.
Seriously consider either adding a thermal lining to your current blinds or if you can afford to do so, purchase new ones for your home. You will see a great difference in your electric bills and feel the difference in your home.