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How to Reduce Your Heating Bills with Energy-Saving Shades

Stay toasty warm while adding some style to your home. Energy-saving window shades can reduce your heating bill this winter by as much as 30 percent.
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How to Reduce Your Heating Bills with Energy-Saving Shades

Home Value | Mary Ann Romans

Stay toasty warm while adding some style to your home. Energy-saving window shades can reduce your heating bill this winter by as much as 30 percent.

There are three main types of window shades that are crafted to insulate your home and prevent heat from escaping through the windows. These are: cellular shades, insulated shades and wood blinds. 

Cellular shades are made of layers of pleated fabric that is fused in a honeycomb shape. The most common fabric used is either a polyester or a cotton blend. The honeycomb shape trap pockets of air to insulate against the cold. 

Insulated shades consist of several layers of fabric with an added thermal backing, to reduce drafts and create a block against the cold. 

Wood blinds, the most traditional of the three energy-saving shades, uses overlapping slats to create a barrier against cold air, when the slats are closed. 

All three types of shades come in a variety of colors and styles. When choosing energy saving window treatments, look for the R-value. This is a number that is used to indicate thermal resistance and is a good measure of how much of the cold will be kept out. The higher the number, the warmer you will feel. 

Measuring your windows for the proper fit can be a challenge for any window treatment, but it is especially essential that it is done correctly when your goal is energy savings (or light blocking for that matter. Many energy saving shades also have light-blocking features). Measure for an inside mount, with the goal being to get the treatment as close to the window pane as you can. 

For energy saving shades, expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $200 per window, depending on the type, the material used, the size of the window and the customization required. They can be purchased from the local home improvement store, ordered online, or selected through a window treatment firm, who can also measure and install.

 

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