When it comes to insulating your home, walls are easy – but windows are literally gaping holes for heat to pass through, and they often waste up to half of a home’s heating and cooling energy. Multiple-pane thermal designs help quite a bit, but now homeowners can further help insulate windows while adding a dose of style.
Along with providing privacy, thermal insulating window blinds can substantially improve a home’s energy efficiency in both hot and cold weather. Blocking solar heat from entering a home in the summertime will reduce or eliminate the need for air conditioning, and keeping warmth inside during the winter means less heating is required.
The cleverly-designed Duette Architella window blinds from Hunter Douglas use a double honeycomb inner structure to provide a thermal barrier. Their opaque models also incorporate a metallic mylar lining that further improves thermal performance. The end result is a blind that can boost a window’s R-value by 4 points (tripling the insulation of a typical double-pane window) and help block roughly 80% of solar heat gain in the summer.
The Duette Architella window shades are GreenGuard certified for indoor air quality, and they can qualify for a federal energy-efficiency tax credit of up to $1,500.
Visit the Hunter Douglas website for more information.