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What Window Treatments Are Energy Efficient?

If you’re looking for a way to spruce up the interior decor of your home, you may want to consider a variety of window treatments. Window coverings can add a tremendous amount of character to your home, not to mention they can save you money in the long run when it comes to your heating and cooling bills. In this blog, we’ll discuss some common window treatments that are known for their energy efficiency, so you can reap the rewards of both a decorative and functional window coverings. At Zinga’s in Indianapolis, we’re passionate about providing our clients with some of the most affordable and efficient window treatments available. Whether you live in Carmel, Greenwood, or Zionsville, our window treatment experts can help you choose the best window coverings for your home. If you’re interested in learning more about our large selection of blinds, shades, shutters, and draperies, contact us today!

Window Blinds

The type of window blinds in your home can have a tremendous impact on your energy bill each month, so it’s important to do your research before pulling out your credit card. Interior window blinds, whether they are made of wood or vinyl, are excellent window coverings if you’re looking for light control and privacy. Unlike shades, you have the ability to adjust the slats of your blinds to control things like ventilation and light. This can help you save money on your energy bills down the line. In fact, when your blinds are completely closed and lowered on a sunny window, you can reduce the heat gain in your home to up to 45 percent!


Draperies are another great window covering that can be used to keep warm air in your home. Your draperies ability to reduce heat loss and gain depends on a variety of factors, including the fabric type you choose and the color of it. During those warm summer days, you can close the draperies in your home that receive direct sunlight to prevent heat gain. In fact, recent studies have shown that medium-colored draperies with white plastic backings can help to reduce the heat gain in your home by up to 33 percent! When the cold winter months arrive, draperies can be used to insulate your home as well. For maximum effectiveness, try to install a cornice at the top of your window covering, and place your draperies close against the ceiling. When you draw your draperies during the winter, you can reduce the heat loss in your home by up to 10 percent.


When shades are properly installed, they can be one of the simplest and most effective window treatments in your home. Your window shades should be mounted as close to the window glass as possible in order to establish a sealed air space. For even more efficiency, you can consider using dual shades that offer a highly reflective material on one side and a heat absorbing material on the other. The reflective surface of these window coverings should face outward during the cooling season and inward during the heating season. If you need assistance choosing the most energy-efficient window coverings for your home, contact the experts at Zinga’s in Indianapolis today.

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