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Stay cool this summer with energy efficient window coverings

Are your windows energy efficient? If not, this is a great time to make the change.

Research shows that as much as 50% of a home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows.

Rather than cranking up the air conditioning in the summer months and the heat in the winter, try adding window coverings to avoid uncomfortable temperatures inside your home.

Budget Blinds can help with an array of versatile blinds, shades, and shutters that are stylish, practical, and energy efficient so you can save money on your energy bills!

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Cellular shades

Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, have honeycomb-shaped pockets or ‘cells’ that keep air from escaping or entering your home to enhance a room’s overall energy efficiency.

They let in plenty of light without sacrificing privacy – the cellular shades at Budget Blinds are designed with four lighting control options including sheer, light-filtering, room-darkening, and blackout.

These shades are a safe choice for children and pets because they are cordless, plus they can be customized to match unique windows, including angled windows, arches, hexagons, and more.

Pair them with vertical blinds or drapes for a layered look – Vinyl vertical blinds are highly durable, as they withstand strong heat, direct sunlight, and high humidity.

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Solar shades

Solar shades effectively filter and diffuse natural sunlight, block out harmful UV rays, and keep your rooms cooler, proving it to be an energy efficient option.

This is a great option to maintain your view and protect your flooring and furniture from fading or cracking, plus they pair well with draperies to provide enhanced insulation during the summer and winter seasons.

To maximize energy efficiency, floor-to-ceiling drapes that fold back against the wall allow the drapes to seal off the window, preventing drafts and loss of heat through convection.

Solar shades have a sleek, modern appearance and refined style – they come in an impressive collection of designer-inspired fabrics and colours that add balance and style to your rooms, making them compatible with any decor.

For extra protection from the sun’s powerful heat and strong UV rays, install exterior solar shades to the outside of your windows, patio, and porch.

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Wood coverings

In addition to their modern styling and versatility, wooden blinds enhance your home’s energy efficiency by blocking UV rays and reducing solar heat gain.

With the ability to custom colour-match to existing wood trim and furnishings, you can create the perfect look for any room – they are available in painted, stained, and rustic finishes.

Slat sizes in 1” and 2 ½” allow a tailored, precise fit to any window, while offering complete privacy in style.

Hardwood shutters use an insulating design that helps make indoor spaces cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, keeping your room at an ideal temperature.

By choosing this option, you’re doing your part to help sustain our natural resources because all of these wood blinds and shutters are sourced from 100% North American hardwoods from certified domestic forests.

Bamboo and woven wood shades are also eco-friendly options.

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Motorized blinds

In addition to manually controlled blinds and shades, Budget Blinds offers ultra-convenient motorized operating systems.

An elevated lifestyle is at your fingertips with motorized blinds powered by Somfy® and MotorEase™.

Exclusive programming features let you schedule your motorized blinds on timers to open and close at specific times of day to help save on energy costs, enhance privacy and minimize glare.

Heat-sensitive sensors adjust your motorized blinds to close automatically when temperatures rise, effectively lowering your energy bills.

Motorized window blinds are a perfect automated solution for hard-to-reach skylights and rooms where convenient light-darkening is often preferred, such as a home theatre or master bedroom.

Plus, motorized window coverings are cordless so you can keep your children and pets safe.

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Make the change to energy-efficient

Experts say that an average house featuring 15 windows outfitted with energy efficient window coverings can achieve an annual energy savings of approximately $150.

It’s the little things, such as energy efficient window treatments, that help conserve energy.

Learn more about the wide variety of energy efficient window coverings offered by Budget Blinds here.

As your local window covering expert, Budget Blinds will take the time to understand you and your unique needs to deliver the best custom window covering solution designed for the way you live.

Request a free in-home or virtual consultation here and start saving on your energy bills!

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