Reduce Harsh Glare and Lower Your Electric Bill.
Living in Southeast Louisiana means two things every summer: great food, and high electric bills from running the air conditioner. But what you may not realize is that improving your home's look can also lower your utility bills.
We can offer you a wide variety of window blinds, shutters and shades to choose from. We not only help you pick out the window covering that best matches your home or businesses, but can keep you informed of which shades or blinds are best for blocking harsh light and dangerous UV rays.
Our team of expert installers are both insured and certified. Below you will find more details on energy efficient window treatments, please call 225-439-4103 now if you're in the Greater Baton Rouge area or surrounding areas. Or just fill out the easy contact form on this page.
Benefits of Energy Efficient Window Coverings.
Southern Blinds & Shutters carries a variety of energy efficient window covering brands.
When an energy-efficient window covering blocks solar energy, you'll feel a difference. Almost the same difference between being in direct sunlight, and being under the shade from a tree. Certain products can cut solar heat gain through your windows by up to 80%. This means not only can you be more comfortable indoors, but can lower cooling costs.
Energy-efficient products can help you save energy and money in three ways: insulation, solar heat control and daylighting.
An insulating window covering works in both winter and summer to reduce heat transfer through the window. In winter, the window covering slows heat transfer out the window, keeping more warmth inside. In summer, it slows heat transfer into the home, reducing the need for cooling.
>> Solar Heat Control
In summer (or year-round in hot Louisiana), solar heat control becomes more important than insulation. Solar heat is brought into the home by direct or reflected sunlight.
The sunlight becomes heat when it warms the air and furnishings in its path. The warmed furnishings in turn give off heat to the room. To stay comfortable, the warmed room must be cooled, requiring more electricity (and more cost) than would be needed if the solar energy had been properly controlled by window coverings.
A big part of solar heat control is reflecting the incoming sunlight back out the window. For this reason, a white or light-colored streetside color is preferred. Darker colors tend to absorb the solar energy, and then radiate it as heat into the room. Solar heat gain is also great in winter to help heat the home.
Another important energy-related function of window coverings is to diffuse incoming sunlight to soften it and bring it deeper into a room. This function is called “daylighting.” In addition to reducing glare and improving visual comfort, daylighting can sometimes save energy by reducing the need for electrical lighting.
During the winter season, there’s an immediate reduction in radiant heat loss to cold window glass, which helps you feel warmer. Here’s how it works:
- All objects (including people) give off and receive radiant heat.
- When people give off more radiant heat to cold glass than they get back, the net loss can feel like a chilly draft, even if the window is tightly sealed.
- But when the new shades are lowered, your comfort level is suddenly increased.
When you lose enough radiant heat to feel cold, that's usually when you turn the heat up. This eats up energy resources and adds to your electric bill. But when a well-insulating shade minimizes radiant heat loss, it means you can turn the thermostat down, saving both energy and money.
Controlling Other Types of Energy.
In addition to providing insulation, solar heat control and daylighting, window coverings can help control two other types of energy: ultraviolet light and sound.
>> Ultraviolet Protection
Ultraviolet (UV) light is an invisible part of sunlight. Because UV damages furnishings, it is sometimes called the “invisible enemy.” Over time it fades furniture, upholstery, wood flooring, drapes, carpet and art.
But window coverings can be very effective in blocking UV rays. Some of our products actually block over 95% of harmful ultraviolet rays when fully closed.
>> Sound Absorption
Soft window coverings can absorb up to 70% of sound energy, which helps keep the inside of rooms more quiet. But hard window coverings reflect most sound. This means that it can help keep out exterior noise, but won't dampen indoor sounds.