Save energy, money with window treatments
Window treatments are both decorative and functional, but they can also be energy efficient. They block the sun’s ultraviolet rays during hot summers and keep cold air out during the winter months. Through the end of 2010, some energy efficient window treatments qualify for federal tax credits that apply a 30 percent discount on up to $1,500.
Angie’s List, the nation’s premier provider of consumer reviews consulted with highly rated window treatment companies about popular trends and advice on keeping your window coverings looking beautiful.
- Consider animals and children in your decision. Many homeowners are concerned with child safety and more companies are doing a lot of cordless window coverings. If you have a lot of pets you may want something more durable. As you get older and your kids are gone, your consideration can be more on what you like and how you want your home to look, versus the more practical aspects of window coverings.
- While drapery panels and top treatments – like valances – remain popular decorative fashions, and roman shades and wood blinds are functional staples, more homeowners are investing in interior shutters – which are easy to maintain and more of a permanent addition on your home.
- Homeowners can also customize treatments. If you bring in a photo, most companies can put that photo on a shade. Or, you can pick any color and have that color matched so you don’t have to resort to using a color book.
- A professional can assist with an artistic eye by selecting a product that best fits the homeowner’s needs and personal taste. A pro can also determine which product works best in rooms with high moisture, heavy sunlight or poor views. Many companies will come to your home, measure windows, look at color schemes and flooring, customize and install the treatments all for one price.
- Dust and sunlight are the two things that slowly destroy drapes. You always want to interline a silk drape to help delay sun damage. If there’s a stain, you’ll want to use a professional drapery cleaner so the dye lot is the same. If you wash one drape and not the other, especially if they’re silk, you run the risk of the color being a little different. Lightly vacuum the treatments at least once a year to remove dust.