Save Money This Winter with Energy-Efficient Window Treatments: PART 1

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Window treatments can be attached either internally or externally to windows to increase energy efficiency, improve privacy, decrease glare, enhance the value and appearance of your home.

What Are the Benefits of Energy-Efficient Window Treatments:

Both new and old homes need energy-efficient window treatments. Windows account for 30% of the home’s heating power. About 76% of the sunlight that passes through standard double-pane windows in cooling seasons becomes heat. Window coverings can reduce this loss of energy by providing comfort and regulating temperatures.

The type of attachment chosen the climate and the way it is used will all impact the exact savings. Storm windows with low-e coatings or multi-layer glazing can improve the thermal performance of windows as well as reduce solar heat gain.

Window Treatments: Key Benefits:

  • Comfort improvement
  • Dimming the glare and daylight
  • Energy savings
  • Cold drafts should be reduced near windows
  • Protect your privacy
  • Temperature control
    • When it’s cold, windows can reduce daytime and nighttime heat losses
    • When it’s hot, windows can reduce unwanted solar heat gain

Operable Window Treatments

Operable window covers allow you to control the opening and closing of your coverings. This allows you to make the most of natural light and maximize heat gain. There are many options: shades, blinds, shutters, awnings or draperies, window treatments, and shutters.

Operation of Window Treatments & Tips

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 75% of residential window covers remain in the same place every day. While most window coverings can be operated, 75% of them are not. Do not fall for this trap – choose carefully which coverings to open and close during the day.

Open the window treatments in the morning if it is winter and sunny. This will allow the sun to heat your house. You can enjoy the sun all day, especially if you have direct sunlight.

To reduce heat gain in summer, keep your window coverings shut. You can let natural light in through the window coverings that aren’t exposed to direct sunlight.

To maximize sunlight and heat, you might also consider switching between the open and closed positions throughout the day.

Automated options are available for window coverings that can be installed in difficult-to-reach areas. Find out more about the advantages, drawbacks and installation of automated window covers.

Different types of window treatments:


  • Blinds
  • Cellular shades
  • Pleated shades
  • Roller shades
  • Roman shades
  • Storm windows/windowpanes
  • Shutters


  • Glass can be coated with plastic films
  • Exterior shades
  • Shutters
  • Awnings
  • Solar screens
  • Storm Windows
  • Interior Window Treatments
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Insulated Cellular Shades:

Insulated cellular shades are made from pleated materials and are intended to be folded up accordion-like at the top and bottom of the windows. Insulated shades have one or more layers of air in a honeycomb cross section. You can adjust them from the top or bottom or both.

Insulated cellular shades are often considered to have the highest R values of all window coverings. The honeycomb cross-sections’ air pockets act as insulation, increasing the R value and reducing heat conduction through the window.

Insulated cellular shades are a great choice if you want to save significant energy through your window coverings. They also offer privacy, comfort, and increased home value.

Cellular shades that are tightly fitted can reduce heat loss by up to 40% in heating seasons. This equates roughly to 10% energy savings. Cellular shades can be used to reduce solar heat loss through windows up to 60% in cooling seasons. They can also reduce solar gain by as much as 20% if fitted tightly.

Side track cellular shades are the most effective in increasing the R value of windows. Those that open from both top and bottom can be used to control sunlight entering the home.

Certain cellular shades can be programmed to automate, so that the blinds open and close according to a predetermined schedule. You can adjust the schedule to decrease heating and cooling loads, maximize natural light, and increase comfort in your home.

For more information on the savings & energy efficiency of window treatments, check out the resource links below:

AERC Resources Page

Efficient Window Coverings

ENERGY STAR label for storm windows


Better Blinds in Ocean View & Millsboro DE:

Better Blinds has locations in Ocean View & Millsboro and is a proud neighbor of all the communities in Sussex County, DE

We have been serving Sussex County residents for years and looking forward to providing their window treatment, blinds, shades and shutters needs for many years to come.

Why Choose “Better Blinds” of Ocean View & Millsboro, DE to ensure a Better Experience for Homeowners?

Offering the highest quality window coverings at an affordable price, along with Free installation and a 100% guarantee, has made us one of the best window treatment installers in Sussex County with many satisfied clients.

Available to you is a complete line of high-quality blinds, roller shades, sheer shades, layered shades, romans, sliding panels, and interior shutters, all installed by certified professionals that will arrive on time and complete the job as promised.

Flexible payment options including all major credit cards and 0% financing to qualified buyers. Call us today to schedule a Free in-home consultation.

“We sell and install high quality Blinds, Shades, and Plantation Shutters for your residential home. We have been selling and installing custom window treatments for over 10 years. We are locally owned and operated and serve the Ocean view, DE and surrounding areas.”

“We carry world leading brands and offer free in-home consultations. We pride ourselves on being punctual and dependable. Most products are installed within 4 weeks. Give us the opportunity to earn your business. Call or text us to arrange a free in-home consultation!”

Window Treatment Products Include:

  • Roller Shades | Soluna Cordless Precision Lift
  • Solar Shades | Soluna Cordless Precision Lift
  • Perfect Drape
  • Plantation Shutters | Invisible Tilt
  • Sliding Panels
  • Natural Shades
  • Honeycomb Shades | Cordless TDBU
  • Cordless Faux Wood Blinds

Locations served:

  • Frankford
  • Selbyville
  • Dagsboro
  • Fenwick Island
  • Ocean View
  • Bethany Beach
  • South Bethany
  • Millville
  • Millsboro
  • Lewes
  • Rehoboth Beach
  • Long Neck
  • Harbeson
  • Milton
  • Georgetown

Better Blinds & Shades offers world leading brands and free in-home consultations. We pride ourselves on being punctual and dependable. Most products are installed within 2 weeks.

Give us the opportunity to earn your business. Call or text us to arrange a free in-home consultation!

Or visit our website for more information & great window treatment ideas

Better Blinds & Shades
Ocean View, DE 19970
(302) 402-6180

Better Blinds & Shades
Millsboro, DE 19966


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