The wind is really blowing today! A little chill in the air is what we expect as we roll
through October hoping for those last summer-like days but a good reminder that winter is coming. With those winter months the wind blows a lot colder than it is today and with that the outside tries to steal warmth through our windows. Aside from boarding up those beautiful windows that provide you a view of the garden you work so hard on all summer long, the kids playing in the sand box, or miles down your country road there are ways to protect your home from the heat escaping blues.
Shades that offer layers of protection, like double cellular shades or lined roman shades, offer more insulation and an air barrier to help reduce heat loss. Comfortex and Kirsch both have a great cellular shade with both single and double cell available in many colors for your room. If you prefer something a little more decorative -than functional- a Horizons Roman Shade will do the job for you installed as close to the glass as possible a roman shade with added liners will also provide a more insulating window.
Draperies also have a great value to insulating a room installed close to the wall, or glass, going to the floor, or window sill, will create an air barrier keeping the cold out. Layering draperies is the best way to keep the cold out, whether we install a beautiful sheer under a lined antique satin drapery and top them with a board mounted swag and jabot, or we hang a lined woven wood shade at the window close to the glass, with a lined striped silk fabric topped with a wood cornice we can trap the air in and keep your room beautiful and functional year round not losing the most valuable part of your room, the view.
Using what you have, be sure to close your blinds and shades or draperies as much as possible creating an air barrier stalling the cool air from coming in.
More information about window energy efficiency can be found at http://www.energy.gov/energysaver/energy-efficient-window-treatments
If anyone knows a trick to keeping the smell of “fresh fall spreading” please let me know the like I said the wind is blowing strong today!
I make windows beautiful!