Additional types of window coverings that can provide energy savings
Custom fabric window treatments & outdoor drapery and awnings
- Fabric & style options
- How to make them more energy efficient
- Compare costs vs. shades/blinds
Custom fabric window treatments
Custom fabric window treatments can be very insulating. I emphasize custom, because it is very hard to find ready-made draperies with lining and interlining. It is the two levels of linings that provide the excellent insulating qualities as well as make the draperies hang so much better!
Fabric type is a key element as well…
Sheer Draperies: While they can diffuse the light a little, sheer draperies aren’t going to provide insulation qualities. However, when you combine sheer draperies with a top layer of light blocking draperies you will achieve much greater energy efficiency. Again, it’s important to have lined draperies, as well as interlining. Also, when sheer draperies are wrapped around vertical blinds, you will have a significant gain in energy efficiency. However, these are not custom treatments, and can be purchased through shadings and blind companies, such as Decorating Den Interiors.
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Energy Efficient Fabrics: Fortunately, it’s not super complicated… The more light that is blocked, the more energy efficient your draperies are.
Silks: Silk fabric can be worn down by the sun… However if you add quality lining and interlining, it helps to protect the fabric. 100% silk draperies are truly beautiful, but there are great faux silk fabrics available in a wide selection as well, and these help cut the cost.
Layering: Extra energy efficiency can also be achieved by layering draperies over shades and blinds, i.e. during the extreme hot/cold hours of the day, you can pull down your shades and shut your draperies.
Construction: You want to avoid wide gaps allowing light to come in during the hot hours of the day, including openings at edges. Be sure to include lining and interlining in the construction.
Cost Comparisons: The cost of custom draperies and fabric shades, (such as Roman shades), can be equitable to quality store bought, ready-made draperies, and also the ready-made shades that come from the blind and shutter sources… In fact I’ve even had custom window treatments come out less than the above sources! The costs go up with expensive fabric types such as silks, textured, embroidered or brocade fabrics.
Outdoor drapery and awnings
Outdoor window treatments are also an important element and not to be overlooked when creating energy efficiency inside your home. Creating shade and blocking the sun from the outside will definitely make a difference on keeping things cooler inside! Additionally, outdoor window treatments add a great aesthetic and beauty to your outdoor rooms, as well as the curb appeal of your home.
Here are some options…
Awnings and shades