Sheltering in place has given us the opportunity to spend significantly more time in our homes. Many of us are working from home and might be for some time. We will eat in more and socialize in small groups at home. Isn’t it time to take a good look at our homes and make them the most comfortable that they can be?
The temperature and climate of your house can improve how you feel in your home, improve your mood, relieve stress, encourage better sleep, AND save you money. Controlling the climate in your home does not begin with the thermostat. It begins with controlling the heat transfer through your windows. With August upon us and Fall/Winter not too far away, now is a perfect time!
Did you know that the glass in your home accounts for 48% of the heat transfer in your home?
Prioritize the windows that will make the most difference for the comfort of the home.
The orientation of your windows will affect the amount of sunlight coming through your windows. West, East, and South facing windows usually have the most sun exposure so control this in the Summer and allow the sun in during the Winter. North-facing windows receive almost no direct sunlight. Consider this in your drapery design.
While the glazing on your windows can protect against UV rays and reduce some heat transfer it will not stop Solar Heat Gain. Your drapery will help with that!
Also, consider the function of the room – understand who uses the room, what they do in there and what time of the day they do it so you can account for light and climate control needs.
Full draperies with a cornice above provide the best insulation factor. The Cornice prevents insulating air from escaping out of the top while the drapery returns prevent escape from the sides.
The additional layer of sheers behind the drapery provides soft light as well as an added layer of fabric. The over drapery can be open or completely closed for maximum control over Heat Transfer and Solar Heat Gain.
Fully functioning draperies with light filtering lining can allow light but can also help control heat transfer and Solar Heat Gain. Best used for windows requiring less control such as north facing windows.
A Flat Roman Shade can control most of the light while the Cornice and Side panels not only complete the beautiful design but provide added insulation at the top and sides to prevent heat transfer.
There are so many fabrics to choose from. Determining how much control you need over heat transfer to maximize the comfort of the home will help you decide.
Lining choices give you options from no lining at all to a full blackout insulated lining in your window treatment. An unlined drapery will not provide much insulation and the face fabric can be harmed by sun exposure so you might want to use this type of treatment in a north facing window or one that is shielded from the sun by trees.
If you desire the unlined loose weave look on a window that needs sun or heat control then use a Soft Roman Shade with blackout lining to control the heat transfer and use your unlined drapery as the decorative side panels.
Motorization: If you have multiple windows in a room where you will be raising and lowering shades to control heat transfer, consider motorizing them. Your time is worth money!
Using 4 windows as an example, let’s say it takes five minutes to manually raise the shades, and then 5 minutes later to lower the shades totaling 10 minutes a day, 365 days a year. That’s about 61 hours a year spent raising and lowering shades in just one room! With motorization you can operate all 4 at once reducing time spent to 2 minutes a day or about 12 hours a year. Well worth the investment to motorize!
Top Down Bottom Up: If you need to control the sun but also allow light into your room, consider a TDBU shade. You can lower the shade from the top or raise it from the bottom giving you the ultimate control over sun, light, and privacy.
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National Training Coordinator
With over 35 years in the Home Design Industry, Susan brings her extensive experience in design and sales. Training is her passion and she looks forward to sharing her insight!