New Window Treatments Help Insulate Homes and Save Home Owners Money

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3 Day Blinds, an Irvine California based window blind, shade and shutter company, provides tips on how to help insulate homes with custom window treatments to help home owners save money.

The right fit is important not only to create the best look, the correct size is a factor in improving energy efficiency, because air gaps are minimized

3 Day Blinds, an Irvine California based window blind, shade and shutter company, provides tips on how to help insulate homes with custom window treatments to help home owners save money.

Tips for saving money on energy bills from an industry insider

There are many reasons for homeowners to dress up their windows with new shades or shutters, but one to keep top-of-mind is reducing heating and cooling bills.

Energy Star, a US government agency that sets international standards for energy efficient consumer products, advises consumers to “seal their home’s entire envelope”. This means making sure that there are no air gaps that let air from the outside in.

Even once a home is properly sealed, the windows will usually still allow some cold air to enter the home in the winter and hot air in the summer, which increases energy costs. Almost any window treatment will decrease this transfer, but which are the most effective?

Karin Miller, Vice President of Merchandising and Product Development for 3 Day Blinds recommends custom-made Honeycomb Shades or Shutters.

“Honeycomb Shades are a great choice and they feature a material construction with a hexagonal cross-section that creates a barrier which significantly reduces air transfer,” says Miller. “In addition to being functional, they are also quite beautiful, with fabric options that include sheer, light filtering and room darkening.” Most fabrics provide complete privacy and can be made with no seams up to 168”x168”. When raised, Honeycomb Shades stack tightly to provide an unobstructed view, and are available with in motorized, cordless and top down/bottom up styles.

Shutters are considered a part of the home, once installed, and provide a great barrier when the louvers are closed. “Our Sierra Shutters, which are made from a high-tech polymer, are specifically designed to greatly reduce air transfer. When the louvers are closed, the window is essentially sealed,” according to Miller. Shutters are also very versatile, providing great light control.

Why buy custom-made window treatments instead of off-the-shelf? “The right fit is important not only to create the best look, the correct size is a factor in improving energy efficiency, because air gaps are minimized,” says Miller.

About 3 Day Blinds
Founded in Southern California in 1978, 3 Day Blinds is the leading retail manufacturer of custom window treatments in the country. Supported by state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and leading edge product design, 3 Day Blinds offers a wide selection of custom blinds, shades, and shutters. They service their customers with over 200 fulltime Design Consultants in 15 states, providing friendly, professional "in home" design consultation, sales and installation. Consumers can also purchase their own custom window treatments online at 3dayblinds.com and yes; everything can be done in 3 Days. For more information on how to select beautiful, affordable window treatments that last, or to schedule a free quote, call 1-888-303-3329 or go to http://www.3dayblinds.com.

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