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October is National Energy Awareness Month, a national effort to underscore how central energy is to our national prosperity, security, and environmental well-being. In commemoration of National Energy Awareness Month, the Hirshfield’s Shop at Home resident window treatment expert Shannon shares her tips to keep your windows fashionable, functional, and energy efficient.
National Energy Awareness Month
When we talk about energy efficiency, we tend to talk about keeping the heat in or out. There are actually three things to consider when talking about energy efficiency:
- Solar heat control
Our window treatment experts can help determine which shades or blinds are best for you, but you should be aware of ratings so you can make an informed purchasing decision based on insulation, solar heat control, and daylighting. Many companies used to rate their products by an R-value. Unfortunately, they were using independent companies and it wasn’t consistent within the industry. As we know, there are many different window manufacturing companies and types of windows, which made these variables change too much. Hunter Douglas has moved to a star rating system for Insulation, Solar Heat Control, Daylighting, UV Protection and Sound Absorption. The more stars, the better it is. Read the rest of this entry »