Sunday, March 1, 2009

Hunter Douglas Shades Reduce Energy Costs

Hunter Douglas window shading not only adds beauty to your home but did you know the right window shades or window treatments can also cut energy bills. In an average home about 10% of the exterior walls are made up of windows. That does not sound like a lot but windows can generate about 50% of our homes energy cost. The walls of a average home typically have an R-value of 19, while standard double-pane windows only have an R-value of about 2. R-values measure resistance to heat flow. Homes that have a lot of window are at risk for much larger amounts of energy loss.

Recently attended a Hunter Douglas seminar "How Windows Impact the Environment" which addressed the use of various window treatments to control heat loss and heat gain through windows. During the winter we try to keep the heat in our home and in the summer we try to keep the heat out. The better we can control heat gain or loss the more efficient and (Green) our home will be. Less energy used translates to a lesser utility bill.

Adding Hunter Douglas Duette Architella Opaque honeycomb shades can increase an additional +4 R-value to an existing 2 R-value window thus increasing the efficiency of an average double-pane window by 200%. Architella shades have a double cell adding even more R-vaule than a normal honeycomb shade. A Duette Semi-Opaque honeycomb shade can add an additional +2 R-value. Hunter Douglas Vignette Modern Roman shades, Hunter Douglas Silhouette, and Pirouette window shades can add an additional +1 R-value to your windows.

It’s easy to see that these Hunter Douglas products can easily pay for their cost in a short period of time. Not only do you add fashion to your home you cut energy consumption and cost.

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