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When it comes time to choose or replace window coverings for your homes, your options are nearly endless. But when you can simply run to your local grocery or hardware store to pick up a new set of blinds, why should you consider instead going the custom, high quality route?
In this post, we’ll review 4 great benefits of high quality window coverings and how they can help you and your home.
Benefit #1: Increases energy efficiency
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Whether you are trying to go a little greener or simply save money on your energy bill, high quality window coverings can help increase your home’s energy efficiency. A few of the window treatments we’d recommend for increasing energy efficiency are:
- Cellular shades
- Smart blinds
- Roman shades
Let’s take a closer look.
These window coverings are made up of a series of cells that form little honeycomb-shaped pockets and are often referred to as honeycomb shades. The pockets help to trap air around your windows, creating a layer of insulation. This insulation helps keep your home’s rooms cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Cellular shades add a sleek, minimal look to any room, and are also the most energy efficient window covering option you can choose.
Imagine this: it’s the hottest day of the year, and you forgot to close your blinds before you left the house. Thankfully, you have smart blinds installed and can close them right from your smartphone. You go about your day knowing your HVAC system won’t work any harder and cost you more money just because you forgot.
That’s one benefit of smart blinds and shades. Another benefit is you can also schedule your window coverings to close during the hottest part of the day of the summer, or keep them drawn during key times of day in the winter.
Drapes are more than just a stylish way to decorate a room. They are also a highly versatile way to increase the energy efficiency in your home, especially when paired with another blind or shade. Not only do window drapes come in thousands of different color and fabric options, but they provide a complete window covering (from above and below the window), further adding to its efficiency.
When drawn closed over sun-facing windows during the hottest parts of the day, they help to block out sunlight and keep your home cooler. In fact, studies have shown that medium colored drapes with white plastic backings can reduce heat increases by 33%.
Roman shades are another elegant and versatile window treatment option that also decrease energy costs. They are generally made of a thicker material than other window coverings, providing increased insulation. Plus, they can also come thermal backed for even more cushioning. These shades come in both light filtering and room darkening fabrics, and when installed with a top down, bottom up functionality, allow you to let light into the house without increasing your energy costs.
Benefit #2: Adds convenience to your home
What if you didn’t have to think about opening or closing your window coverings? With smart blinds, you don’t. Smart blinds with Powerview® Motorization seamlessly integrate into your smart home system, working with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Siri, and Apple Home Kit. This allows you to use your smartphone, tablet, or remote control to:
- Set schedules for what times your window coverings open and close
- Use voice commands to adjust your coverings whenever you want
- Close difficult to reach window coverings automatically
- Configure shades to react independently when parts of your home reach certain temperatures
- Program your window coverings to open and close with the sunrise and sunset of your specific area
When you choose smart blinds with Portland Window Coverings, our team of design experts will review fabric samples and covering options with you, ensuring we find a look you’ll love. Then, we’ll install the smart blinds or shades and walk you through how to incorporate them into your smart home system. Contact us today to learn more!
Benefit #3: Creates safer environments for families and pets
It’s pretty standard for blinds to have a hanging pull cord that lifts and lowers the blinds. Unfortunately, these cords can pose a significant safety risk to both children and pets. Studies have found that on average, one child per month becomes entangled in blind cords, and nearly 12% of children who go to the emergency room for blind injuries go because they became entangled in the blind cords.
Cordless window coverings are the safest options for homes with children and pets. Here are a few options for choosing safe window treatments for families:
- Cordless – These blinds remove the problem entirely by operating without a cord. Generally, you use this type of window covering by simply pushing up or pulling down on the bottom rail of the blinds to raise or lower them. Or, ask us about blinds featuring a retractable cord or wand.
- Motorized – These blinds or shades eliminate the need for a cord and instead use a motor to open and close the window coverings. You simply press a button on a remote or smartphone to operate, and can even set them on a schedule to open or close for added privacy.
- Wand control or cord tensioners – Wand control is a popular choice for homeowners because of its sleek design and simplicity. Or, cord tensioners help hold cords taut and out-of-reach of children or pets.
Benefit #4: Offers a combination of benefits instead of just one
Maybe you decide it’s time to purchase window coverings to add more privacy to your home. Or, perhaps you’re interested in having greater control over the lighting of your home during certain times of day. Whatever your reason is, you can rest assured that the high quality window treatments from Portland Window Coverings aren’t one trick ponies — they can provide multiple advantages to your home at once, such as:
- Energy efficiency
- Light control
- UV protection for your home
When you speak with our design team for the first time, simply mention what your needs are and we’ll recommend the treatment options that best accomplish your goals.
Our team can help you find the perfect window treatments for your Portland home
Another benefit of choosing high quality window coverings? When you work with our team here at Portland Window Coverings, we take all of the challenge and stress out of the measuring, fitting, and installation process.