Here in Florida, springtime brings warmer days that are destined to turn into hot and humid ones. With most air conditioners running 24×7 in the summer, many of our clients are looking for ways to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The Department of Energy (DOE) reports that windows can account for up to 25% of your annual heating and cooling costs, and a staggering 40% in older homes. The right energy-efficient window shades can certainly help lower your utility bill.
Many factors contribute the amount of cool air that will escape through your windows, as well as the amount of heat pouring in. For example, the direction of your windows affects how much direct sunlight they get, which is a major factor. Not only does direct sunlight heat up your house, its UV rays can also damage your flooring, furnishings, and more.
What is the Best Energy Efficient Window Shade?
By far, honeycomb shades are the most energy-efficient window shade that will minimize the amount of inside air that escapes out your window, cutting your energy bill. Hunter Douglas has taken honeycomb shades to a whole new level with its Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades. With patented honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb construction and three air pockets to reduce heat flow at the window, honeycomb shades block the heat of the Florida summer from entering your home through your windows.
Automation Options for Energy Efficiency
To conserve energy even more, add automation to your window shades. Automated timers will close your shades at the time of day you have programmed, when the sunlight is brightest. Or, use the optional solar sensor to automatically detect heat levels and close your shades.
Energy Efficient Window Treatments in Fort Myers, FL
Visit our showroom in Estero, FL, serving the areas of Estero, Bonita Springs, Naples and Ft. Myers. Contact us today for a design consultation – we’re looking forward to serving you!