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It’s cold outside!

This year we have experienced colder temperatures than in the past few years and are spending more to heat our homes. Good home construction, insulation and high efficiency furnaces, all work to keep our heating costs to a minimum. We can do more.

We can add some insulating window treatments that help to insulate our home even further.

no insulating window treatment = heat loss

When compared to the insulated roofs and walls of our homes, our windows are more like “wind holes” or energy holes that allow up to 15 times more heat energy to flow through even with modern double or even triple-pane windows.

And here’s more interesting facts –

heat loss through windows

Infrared shows energy loss through windows


Let’s discuss “R-values” for a minute. R-values measure resistance to heat flow.  The walls of our homes generally have an R-value of 19, while standard double-pane windows have an R-value of only 2. Adding an insulating window treatment mounted in the inside of your window can add up to four more points to the R-value of the window. When not mounted within the window casement, the insulating window treatment can allow more cold air between the shade and the glass that will flow out around the sides and the bottom, reducing the effective R-value of the insulating window treatment.  The higher the R-value, the less heating cost “going out the window”.


Hunter Douglas is offering help with their Energy Smart Style Sale on insulating window treatments.

Three of their most popular and energy efficient shadings are on special from February 1 through April 2. Let’s take a look at the significance of one of these insulating window treatments today – Duette Architella Honeycomb Shades.

HD Duette Architella insulating window treatment close up

Hunter Douglas has a patented honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb construction for their Duette Architella shades. This means that there are three air pockets to trap air flow, maximizing insulation between the window pane and the room. The R-value rating increases with the use of opaque fabrics that incorporate a metallized inner cell. The inner cell bears the weight of the shade, allowing the outer pleats to always be crisp and even. There are four layers of fabric, making colors rich and radiant. So not only do the Duette Architella Shades provide superior insulation, they provide fashion and beauty to your home with the hundreds of color and texture combinations available. During February and March, you can enjoy a rebate of 25.00 per shade with the Hunter Douglas Energy Smart Style sale.

HD Duette Architella insulating window treatments

Saving money to help you save more money – now that’s Smart Style!  Thanks Hunter Douglas