Summer is a wonderful time of year when the days are longer and the temperature
is warmer. While long, sunny days may be exactly what your garden needs,
too much sun may take a toll on the interior of your home and workplace.
That is why summer is also the time for your window treatments to bring
out their A game!
Light control is a key role for all window treatments to play in any room,
especially during the hot summer months. Light control helps regulate
the temperature of a room, prevents harmful UV rays from damaging the
interior, and creates a comfortable environment.
In this article we will discuss some of the other benefits that window
treatments provide to keep your home or workplace comfortable in the summertime.
Window Treatments And Light Control
One of the main purposes of most window treatments is light control. Light
control allows you to decide how bright or dark you want the room to be
regardless of the time of day or the season of the year. When the days
are warmer and longer during the summer, light control is even more important.
Windows allow for bright and natural light to fill your rooms, saving you
the need for incandescent lights and extra electricity.
There are times, though, when it is necessary to moderate the amount of
light coming into a room. Harsh, direct sunlight can create an uncomfortable
environment. Glare can make it difficult to perform certain tasks in these
rooms as well.
The right window treatments will be able to quickly and easily be moved
into a position so as not to hinder sunlight from streaming into the room
but to provide a comfortable space by filtering or blocking out harsh,
Window treatments come in a variety of materials and opacities from light
filtering to blackout options. The needs of each space will determine
which type of light control is needed.
Sometimes it is not the need to keep light out, but rather, to prevent
someone from looking in. Window treatments that provide light control
are also an excellent solution for privacy concerns.
If you would like to learn more about the role window treatments play in
terms of privacy check out this article
That Window Treatment Might Look Great, But Does It Actually Do Its Job?
Getting The Right Window Treatments For Light Control
When considering window treatments specifically for light control you will
want to think about the material of the treatment, the opacity of that
material, and options that will cover your entire window.
For rooms that have large windows that receive harsh glare you may want
to consider a light filtering window treatment that will diffuse the light
coming in, but not block it out completely.
Fabrics woven very close together will have a higher opacity rating and
will let less light through. Rooms that receive direct sunlight during
the day may want to have window treatments made from materials with higher
opacity to block out excess sunlight during these times.
Room darkening shades may be beneficial for rooms that require even more
light control. These are popular for bedrooms where you want to ensure
that sleep is not interrupted.
And for rooms that require no light to be let in, there are blackout options
that keep light from slipping through any cracks or crevices.
Blackout shades are best for media rooms and bedrooms so that outside light
can be kept out of these rooms as needed.
Blackout liners are another great option that can be added behind window
treatments to add an extra layer of light control.
Blackout shades are the best option when looking to ensure no outside light
can enter the room.
Blackout shades have tracks along the sides of the window to allow the
shade to fit completely within the window frame and eliminating any space
for exterior light to get through.
Blackout shades are excellent options for living rooms that feature a large
screen tv, theater rooms, or media rooms.
Sometimes, depending on the direction the windows face, blackout shades
can be useful for bedroom windows to make sure there is no light disruption
during the hours of rest.
For those whose schedules require sleeping during the day may find that
blackout shades give them the adequate darkness needed to get uninterrupted rest.
Room darkening shades can help remove excess light from rooms, however
the small space between the shade and the window may still allow light
to bleed through the nooks and crannies.
Depending on the needs of the space, blackout shades may be the best option
to ensure your room is completely dark when needed.
Layered shades are a wonderful, elegant option to allow filtered light
into a room while still providing a level of privacy.
Layered shades are made from dual layers of horizontal material that alternate
between sheer or light filtering and room darkening materials. When the
shades are down, filtered light enters the room between the layers.
Learn more about the
benefits of layered shades and some of our exciting options.
MOTORIZED WINDOW TREATMENTS
No matter what window treatment options you decide on for your space, another
fantastic feature to consider that will greatly enhance your light control
abilities is motorization.
Motorized window treatments have come a long way, and are available to
fit within a wide range of budgets. They are also available on a vast
majority of window treatment options including blinds, solar shades, roman
shades, cellular shades, and even curtains and drapes.
To learn more about some of the many options available with motorized window
treatments read one of our past Gotcha Covered articles -
4 Common Misconceptions About Motorized Window Treatments.
The great advantage to adding motorization to your window treatments is
that you can program when you want your treatments opened or closed. Instead
of running around closing window shades as the sun travels over your home,
your motorized window treatments can do it for you!
Or as the sun passes, and rooms begin to darken, your motorized window
treatments can open automatically to allow more outside light in. Some
motorized systems include sensors that will trigger your window treatments
to open or close based upon the amount of sunlight reaching your windows.
And now let’s talk about those hard to reach windows! Motorized window
treatments are a wonderful option for these windows allowing treatments
to be opened or closed by the push of a button. Light control is possible
even for skylights and beautiful high windows with motorized window treatments.
Window Treatments Will Reduce Heat In Your Home
During the summer months is when direct sunlight will noticeably raise
the temperature of your interior. Window treatments are a wonderful way
to reduce the amount of heat entering your home of office.
Window treatments made of certain materials can reflect sunlight helping
to keep the heat out of your air conditioned space. Reflective blinds
or liners, such as solar shades, can be beneficial in this role. According
to the Department of Energy, when completely closed on a sunny day, reflective
blinds can reduce heat gain by up to 45%.
Window treatments can also help insulate your rooms. By keeping the cool
air from escaping through the windows, you are preventing your AC unit
from working overtime. This is a huge advantage to reducing the cost of
utilities during the hot summer months.
Window treatments are one of the most effective ways to keep your home
energy efficient and lower the cost of utilities. Here is more information
benefits of energy efficient window treatments.
Getting The Right Window Treatments For Energy Efficiency
The Department of Energy has stated that when installed and used properly,
window treatments can be one of the simplest and most effective ways to
save energy. The material of each type of window treatment will play a
significant role in the energy efficiency of the treatment. Here are some
of the top performing window treatment options when it comes to energy
Cellular shades are a versatile window treatment that can manage light
and heat better than any other window treatment option.
They provide excellent insulation to windows because of the unique, honeycomb
shaped cells between the material of the shade. These cells trap air and
create a barrier between the surface of the window and the room itself.
Cellular shades come in a wide variety of materials, fabrics, pleat sizes,
opacities, and textures. They are also available in single-cell, double-cell,
or triple-cell options depending on the amount of insulation needed.
Cellular shades also have exciting design options such as top-down/bottom-up,
motorized, and cordless.
Curtains and drapes are both soft treatments that add color, texture, and
decoration to the room. Curtains and drapes that cover the window and
can be opened and closed are excellent insulators to keep a comfortable
Depending on the material and color of these soft window treatments, they
can be very beneficial in reducing energy loss when used properly throughout
the course of the day.
Curtains and drapes can also be combined with liners or backings to further
enhance their energy efficiency.
For example, when in a closed position, medium colored drapes combined
with white linings or blackout liners can reduce heat gains by 33%
according to the Department of Energy.
Roman shades combine the soft look of fabric window coverings with the
functionality of blinds or shutters.
Depending on the material, Roman shades can provide excellent privacy and
light control when lowered. That coverage also reduces the amount of heat
entering or cool air escaping from the room.
Roman shades are available in numerous materials and lift options, making
these window treatments easy to fit into any space and any style.
Roman shades are a wonderful alternative to curtains and drapes while still
utilizing the fun fabrics and materials of soft treatments.
Window Treatments Provide UV Protection
Another benefit that comes from window treatments that provide light control
is UV protection. While you may not get a sunburn from sitting next to
an uncovered window, UV rays may still be entering your home and causing damage.
Direct sunlight streaming into your home may be beautiful, but what is
that intense light doing to your carpets, floors, furniture and other
valuables over an extended amount of time? Long periods of light exposure
can cause materials to fade or deteriorate.
UV rays are particularly harmful to art work, pictures, books, and other
items that may be on display.
Getting The Right Window Treatments For UV Protection
The amount of UV protection provided by window treatments will be determined
by the opacity of the material.
By selected window treatment options that are light filtering, you can
still enjoy the natural light while protecting your valuables from harmful UV rays.
Here are some great options of window treatments that can help protect
your interior from exposure to UV rays.
Roller shades are simple window treatment options that do not have slats
or veins. A roller function lowers a solid piece of material to cover
the area of the window.
When raised, this material is simply rolled up into the tube-shaped canister
at the top of the window leaving the window unobstructed. The simplicity
of this design makes roller shades a popular option.
Depending on the opacity, the color, and the reflective quality of the
material, roller shades are great for blocking out any external light
and UV rays. Nowadays, roller shades can be made from a variety of materials
including fabric, vinyl, and even solar options.
Because of their more basic structure, roller shades are great to pair
with other, more decorative window coverings. Adding curtains or top treatments
to roller shades can enhance the style of the room while still providing
the UV protection you need.
Solar shades are similar to roller shades in terms of function. The difference
is the material used for a solar shade is not a solid piece of material.
Instead, the material is a woven, screen like material that gives it a
certain amount of transparency. The tightness of the weave will determine
how well you can see through the screen as well as how much exterior light
will be blocked.
The main purpose of solar shades is to block the UV rays without fully
obstructing the view. This balance can be achieved by playing with the
openness of the material. The higher the percentage of openness will determine
how transparent the shade will be.
Window film is a window attachment that adheres to the window pane and
helps protect against glare and UV exposure.
They are a great option when you want constant protection without having
to worry about opening or closing a window treatment. Plus, they protect
without blocking the view.
Window film can come in a variety of tints and thickness. Low-e films are
another, newer option of window film that can also decrease the amount
of heat loss.
Window treatments are one of the best ways to control the amount of light
that comes through windows. Light control is important for minimizing
glare, improving energy efficiency, temperature control, UV protection,
and the overall comfort of your home. All of these are especially important
during the summertime.
No matter which room of your home or office you are looking to upgrade
with window treatments, Gotcha Covered has what you need in order to be
sure you maintain optimal light control.
With thousands of options available, your Gotcha Covered Design expert
will be able to help you narrow down the choices to what will serve you
best. Our goal is to find the perfect window treatments to fit with your
lifestyle and needs.
Reach out to us today and see what our Gotcha Covered Design Team can do
to keep your home or workplace cool and comfortable this summer! Call
us at (888) 650-6187 or
schedule a free design consultation today!