Window treatments could help control indoor climate and conserve energy.

Window treatments could help control indoor climate and conserve energy.

Using blinds and shades properly can dramatically reduce summer cooling and winter heating costs. Depending on the season different window treatment types are ideal. In this post we explain how to design the most comfortable and Eco friendly window treatment for your home.

Normal Blinds with horizontal slats

Blinds are best used in the summer. They are able to reflect out the sun light to reduce heat gain by 45%. If you do need the natural sunlight but still want to save on heat you can adjust the blinds to reflect on to a lightly-colored ceiling. A lightly-colored ceiling can diffuse the light without adding much heat or glare. Another advantage of window blinds is being able to adjust it to allow in a breeze from an open window while at the same time deflecting the heat from the sun.

 

Here is great place to learn about the different blind and window shutter options available.

Draperies and shades

Drapes and simular kinds of window treatments are ideal for the winter season. Although curtains are overall less efficient at reducing heat in the summer you could still save up to 33%. The most optimal summer shade would be a medium colored curtain with a white plastic backing.

A shade’s ability to reduce heat loss in the winter depends on several factors including fabric style, thickness and color. Obviously a closed weave fabric will be better at controlling room temperature than hole weave pattern like this. It’s best if you let the drapes fall over on to the floor or windowsill and also overlap in the middle. Velcro could be used to tightly attach the drapes at the sides and bottom. If they don’t touch the ceiling a cornice should be installed over the top. Two sets of shades hung over each other could also help. If all done properly it’s possible to reduce heat loss by up to 25%. Most standard window shades reduce heat loss from a room up to around 10% by default.
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Blind Safety for Children and Pets

Blind Safety for Children and Pets

Royal Window Treatments is now offering a guide on blind safety. Most people are unaware that there have been 600 reported cases of death in the US due to window cord strangulation since 1986.

Of those deaths 59% were when Safety Tassel, breakaway cord consolidators were used, 24 percent were with soft window coverings such as roll up shades and drapery, 17 percent were with vertical blinds when safety devices were not installed or broken. These facts and statistics are from the organisation, Parents For Window Blinds Safety found on http://pfwbs.org.

The solution is if you have children or pets are around you can use most types of Roller Shades such as our UltroGlide single retractable cord system or Lite-rise system. If you are going to use regular vertical blinds make sure they’re installed properly and have no loose strings longer then 5 inches.

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Buying Drapes in NYC: Things to Keep in Mind

Buying Drapes in NYC: Things to Keep in Mind

Buying Drapes in NYC: A Guide

Window treatments functionally provide insulation from light, but they are also an important decorative element for your home. Drapes are a classic window treatment that adds elegance to your home interior. They bring a touch of sophistication to your room décor and provide ample privacy. The infographic provides information on different drapery panel styles and drape materials that will help you make the best decision for your drape needs.

Covering windows with drapes is a great way to make a statement in a room. Drapes beautifully complement a room’s existing décor and provide a more finished & polished look. You can boost the style quotient of your room with grommet drapery panels or back-tab panels. Choose drapery fabric depending on whether you want to completely block out the outside light or you’re looking for a stylish window covering that simply allows the natural light to enter your room. Read quick tips on buying drapes in NYC in the below infographic if you want to add a little oomph to your room with draperies.

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