How Much Energy Loss Are You Facing?

preventing energy loss at the window in Austin TX

As a homeowner, you know utility bills can get out of control during certain times of year. In the summer, the AC is probably blasting. This time of year, chilly mornings may have us turning on the heat. And, certainly, the amount of darkness has us looking to increase the light in our lives. The windows in your home can be the culprit, but they can also lead you to solutions. What kind of energy loss are you facing in your home?

 

Problem Windows

You’ve probably heard it before–energy loss happens at the window, sometimes to the tune of 40%. That’s a big number when you think about what you’re spending to run your AC during the hottest times of year. Even when your windows are new, direct sunlight beams through during certain times of day, the heat of the space magnified. And, while we don’t experience the “winter” seen in the northern parts of the country, there are times when your home may feel “drafty.” Chilly outside air circulates against the glass, cooling down the interiors–making you feel like you need to turn on the heat.

bare windows cause energy loss year round in Austin TX

Oh, those windows. The hottest days tell us to cover them, while early morning views and evening sunsets leave us swooning. What’s the solution?

 

Solutions for Energy Loss

If merely covering the windows was the best solution, they’d all be covered. Or, you’d find houses being built with a lot less windows. But, that’s no way to live. Bringing in natural light is healthy and enjoyable. It makes us productive. The view of the landscape improves our moods and connects us to nature. That’s why, when searching for solutions for energy loss, you need dynamic results–solutions that can change based on the circumstance and atmosphere you’re trying to enjoy.

roman shades with top down feature for insulating windows in Austin TX
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

Energy efficient window treatments create an environment that combats energy loss. Keep your home cool in the summer and prevent the chill you might feel during the winter months. And, you can still enjoy the light. Not only that, but you’ll enjoy it more with the right features.

 

The “Right” Window Coverings

There is no right answer when it comes to the perfect window treatments. That is, what one home–or one window–needs might be different from others. Location, direction and homeowner preference all play a role. What we can tell you is–there are insulating shades that keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, but they also let you enjoy the light. Customization is what allows you to get the most out of the solutions you choose, with results you actually notice.

living room in Austin TX with top down cellular shades
Applause® Honeycomb Shades

 

Is It Time?

Is your family fighting over the “rarely used” blanket in the living room this time of year? Do you break out in a sweat just thinking about the upcoming summer months? What about the thermostat? Is there a war going on over who keeps adjusting the heat or the AC?

extra blankets for warmth in cool winter months in Austin TX
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Our team at Austin Window Fashions is here to help! We have years of experience helping families in the Austin area find solutions to combat energy loss and improve the lifestyle in their homes. Contact us for your FREE consultation.