Insulating window treatments can save energy


(NewsUSA) - Light. Openness. Beauty. Windows bring all of these and so much more to a room. Without windows, our homes would lack comfort, sanctuary, inspiration. Yet controlling window dynamics, such as glare and heat transfer, can be a challenge. Without any control, your home may be uncomfortably hot in the summer, cold in the winter or expensive to heat and cool, and your furnishings may be getting ruined by harmful UV rays.

There are a lot of window-fashion options out there, but one product in particular, cellular window shades, was designed specifically to help a homeowner save money -- and it looks good doing it without impeding all the benefits of the window.

"Our window shades, which we manufacture right here in Vermont, are of such high quality they can pay for themselves in 5 to 8 years through reduced energy costs." Says Michelle Graveline-Welch a representative for CellularWindowShades.com, an online store making and selling insulating honeycomb shades. "The thing is, they don't just save money -- they help with privacy and glare, and they are really beautiful to look at. We tell customers, if they are on the fence, to put them in just one room, and inevitably they come back for more because they really do work."

Insulating cellular shades work by blocking solar heat gain outside in the summer and trapping it inside in the winter. There is also a sidetrack system, which creates a four-sided seal so the energy savings are even more powerful.

Homeowners can proactively keep their homes more comfortable without relying on heating and cooling systems as much. Simply closing their shades during the day and opening them at night in the summer will help capture and keep the cool night air, and reversing the process in the winter will help contain the solar gain.

One added benefit of cellular window shades with the energy saving sidetrack system is the tax savings. After all, what homeowner doesn't want to save money on energy bills and taxes? By insulating windows with the sidetrack system, homeowners can earn a tax credit for 10 percent of the cost in 2011, up to a maximum of $500 through Dec. 31, 2011. For more information on the tax credit and saving energy with window fashions, visit CellularWindowShades.com.