In an ever increasing energy conscious world, there’s an energy efficient version of just about every product you can think of; window treatments are no exception.
From basic drapery to using batt insulation, today’s homeowner has many options of energy saving window treatments to choose from. Let’s take a look at some of these options, and see if there are energy efficient window treatments that you are missing out on.
The figures below are compared against a single pane window.
Drapery, Hung on Traverse Rod
A common addition to homes, drapery that is hung by traverse rods can be an inexpensive energy saving window treatment. Averaging between 5% and 10% in heat loss reduction, this is a good option for someone seeking a simple solution to reducing the amount of energy lost in one’s home.
Fans of Venetian blinds will be happy to know that in addition to the simplistic, yet elegant feel that the blinds have, they also posses a fair amount of energy efficiency. Similar to drapery on traverse rods, the energy savings of Venetian blinds rests in the 6-7% range.
Drapery, Tightly Woven Fabric, Seperate Lining, All Four Edges Sealed
The fabric, lining, and tight sealing of the edges makes this window treatment far more benificial than most counterparts. While you’ll have to spend a little more money to reap the benefits of the estimated 25% reduction, this treatment will also allow you to take a sigh of relief when you get the electric bill in those cold winter months.
Roller Shade, Reflective Coating, Inside Mount
Depending on your window style, this treatment may be the best option from a cost-benefit point of view. When correctly installed, you can expect an average reduction in heat loss of 45%.
Clip-On 1/2 Rigid Insulation Board with Spun Glass, Batt Insulation
With planning and some extra funds, this energy effecient window treatment can be very helpful in energy loss reduction. With an exceptional average of 75%-90% reduction, this window treatment surges past other, more common options. You’re sure to be thankful that you decided to spend the extra money on this window treatment when winter is in full force.
A big thank you goes out to Mark Pierce and his team at Cornell University for putting the necessary statistics together in one of his many window treatment reports that made this post possible.