If you ask most people, they will tell you that they are always looking for ways to save money. Of course, spending money isn’t usually in a person’s plans if they want to save it. Unfortunately, purchasing energy efficient home improvements can be one of the best ways to save a bundle in the long run. One great example: window treatments. Not only can they add value and cosmetic enhancement to your home, they can actually wind up saving you a great deal of money on your electric bill.
Shades that block out the light can help keep your house cool, in addition to adding to your privacy. Window treatments that reflect the light on the outside and absorb it on the opposite side can make a huge difference when it comes to how much you have to run your central heat and air. Not only that, but they can completely darken a room, which can make watching movies or television during the day a special treat. Of course, you can-and will probably want to-opt for those shades that can be opened and closed so you can enjoy the sunlight at those times when you want it.
If shades are not your style, you can always get some window treatments in the form of traditional blinds. They come in both horizontal and vertical varieties, and that is just scratching the surface of the available options. You can get blinds that are either wooden or plastic, depending on your needs and how much you want to spend. They are easy to open and close. The only disadvantage is the horizontal plastic blinds often break easily, especially if you own a cat.
Of course, don’t overlook the power of a good set of screens. If you live in Florida or other places where bugs like to swarm, screens are not a luxury-they are a necessity! Even if you don’t have a lot of bugs where you live, screens can make a big difference when it comes to diffusing the light from the sun, which can cut down on the heat in your home. Will they save you a lot of money on your energy bill? Probably not. Are they worth putting up? Definitely.
If you are interested in these or any other window treatments, contact a specialty installer near you and ask them what kinds of options are available. Get a price quote and you’ll be well on your way to a cooler, more energy efficient home.