Your Home: Window treatments
From heating, to plumbing, to the landscape, and everything in between, there is a lot to be aware of when it comes to your home. Window treatments are one element that you may overlook; and, could save you some money, in heating and cooling costs. Innae Park filed the following report.
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NATIONWIDE -- "First and foremost, it's usually the first layer for your privacy and light control for a bedroom, family room, something like that. Energy efficiency obviously is very important, especially in a home that isn't as new or the windows aren't as new. That's even more critical to have something that is energy efficient at the window. In the summer, you're guarding against heat gain. In the winter, you're guarding against heat loss," said window coverings expert Lorraine Greaney.
One of the more popular trends when it comes to your windows is motorized blinds, which not only save you time, but can also be useful in terms of safety.
“We have a multi-channel remote. This is a battery operated shade so you don't have to rewire. And we can group shade. So, you can do one shade at a time or multiple shades. And you can also put it on a timer. So, if you're away, they can up and down certain times of the day, so it looks like you are at home,” said Greaney.
When it comes to blinds and window treatments there are combinations, colors, and patterns for the interior designer in all of us. But, when it comes down to which one you actually decide on, it not only depends on personal taste, but also how much you want to invest.
"The key is to know what you want to spend, what your priorities are. Is it aesthetics, is it energy efficiency? We can definitely target different products that are right for you based on that. If you had something like this and then you put a fabric treatment on the side or a balance treatment over the top to finish it, it could tie in the colors of the room, the aesthetics, or the flavor of what you're trying to achieve," said Greaney.
Depending on where you live and where the sun hits your windows, there are a variety of products to help cut down the glare in your home. Also, some blinds can be opened from the top and the bottom, in order to help let in light and keep your privacy.