The right window coverings can do a lot more than add color to a room; they can increase your home’s energy efficiency and save you money.
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Hi there! I am Sue Rainville, and today we are at the Hunter Douglas showroom where we are going to walk through and show you how window coverings can do a lot more than add color to your room. The energy efficiency of these window coverings that you see will ultimately save your money in the long run. Windows account for 40% of heat that escapes from your home. Having extra protection with energy efficient shades is a smart idea for any home owner. High energy efficient treatments feature honeycomb construction that traps hot and cold air. This decreases the intensity of the temperature as it enters the room. These shades are from the Duetta Architella line at Hunter Douglas, and they feature honeycomb within a honeycomb construction. The inner layer fabric is designed to create three distinct air pockets, trapping more air and increasing insulation. How much insulation a shade provides will vary depending on the fabric that you choose. For example, when installed properly the Duetta Architella line can decrease overall home heat loss by up to 30%. Window fashion showcases your decor both in and outside of your home. With 350 color options in the Duetta collection, you don't have to compromise on style. The right coverings complete a room adding flair and setting the mood. To visually expand a room, keep contrast low between wall and window. If you want to make a large room feel cozier, create high contrast. It will draw the eye in and help the big space seem warmer. Here is a tip. Use neutral and pastel window coverings when you want other furnishings such as a sofa or a painting to stand out. Theses colors are subtle and help give the illusion of height. On the other hand, bold colors play down a room's size, and are great if you want the window treatments to be the coordinating feature or focal point of the room. If you have great windows show them off. We all know the importance of shading our skin from the sun and our homes interior is no different. If left for prolonged periods of time your furniture, art and flooring will start to show signs of premature aging and discoloration. Virtually all window coverings will provide some degree of protection from UV rays, but is dependent upon the fabric used and whether the covering is open or close. Before you make your final selection for your window coverings, make sure you understand all of the features that are available. Hunter Douglas has recently introduced some innovative new ideas such as battery operated blinds great for large windows as well as the LiteRise product which is cordless blind, perfect for child safety. So let's review. Energy efficiency for shades that will save you money, look for honeycomb construction. D?cor, decide on the mood you want to create before choosing a color. Keep contrast low to visually expand a room or for other focal points, use high contrast to create warmth or showcase the large window and a great view. And features, find out if additional features are offered with the window coverings for convenience and safety. For more style ideas and information, visit HunterDouglas.ca. .