Reduce Heating Costs and Stay Comfy in the Cooler Months
Do you feel it in the air? That slight bite of autumn coolness just starting to creep in. Sure it’s nice to get a bit of a break from the summer heat, but pretty soon winter will come knocking at your door. During the latter half of the year, it’s important to stay comfy by keeping your heater on and keeping the cold out. But that can become a drain on your pocketbook. In this blog, we’ll show you how motorized window shades can help insulate your Baltimore, MD home so you don’t have to run your heater until spring rolls around.
What Types of Material Should You Look For?
In winter, the most important thing is to keep the cool air out and the warm air in. That means you’re going to want to invest in heavy curtains that can block the escape of the heat as it tries to make its way outside via your windows. Thicker fabrics are encouraged, similarly to the way a thicker blanket keeps you warmer – the weight simply blocks more heatwaves than thinner or less opaque materials.
Conversely, if you’re looking for a summer time solution, you can invest in sun shades. These shades are often translucent with lots of space between fibers. They help minimize solar heat gain, the effect the hot sun creates when it warms up a cool room. When installing motorized shades, it’s always a good idea to invest in double rollers that include one of each type of shade to meet your needs year round.
Creating an “Air Pocket”
You may think that the heavy lifting for insulation is only done with heavy fabrics, but you’d be wrong. In fact, the positioning of those curtains or shades is extremely important. Setting the window treatment away from the window itself a bit can create an air pocket; a small cushion of warm air that will help insulate your space.
That’s the idea behind honeycomb shades. If you’re looking to minimize the amount of space your window coverings take up, honeycomb shades can help keep you warm. They feature small pockets of air built in (hence the name) so you can enjoy a more space- and energy-efficient shading solution.
By now you’re probably asking yourself, “What does this have to do with motorized shading?” You’d be right in assuming you can get these same benefits from manual shades. But what you won’t get is the convenience of being able to raise or lower your treatments with the touch of a button – an especially helpful idea when you have large windows or hard-to-reach spaces.
Moreover, you may also like to know that motorized shades can integrate with sensors that keep track of the temperature in a space and automatically raise or lower depending on your preferred settings. It’s a hands-free way to enjoy comfort more conveniently.
Are you interested in investing in motorized shades? Contact Starr Systems Design today for more information!