By Eileen Narozny, Owner / Decorator, Interiors Designed by Eileen, LLC
Living in Florida and dealing with the year round heat that radiates through our windows is challenging for most homeowners. The most common complaint about the heat is that the sun heats up our homes and causes our electric bills to soar, since we run the air conditioning units 24/7. It is not only the heat that is the problem, but also the damage that the sun’s UV rays may cause to our home’s interior. The Florida sun is strong and intensifies as it passes through the window glass. Without the proper window treatments it causes our homes to heat up and our furniture and carpets to fade.
Did you ever place a sofa, chair or area rug in front of an unprotected window and notice that the colors were not as vibrant in a year or two? I have learned over the years that most homeowners move into a new or older home and the first thing that they do is put vertical or horizontal blinds on the windows for privacy. Subsequently, they fail to consider whether the blinds were a good or bad choice for their home. It is true that they may look good and darken the room when they are closed, but they are not energy efficient. They also do not cut down the glare from the sun when they are open.
There are a variety of window treatment options that will help reduce your electric bills, protect your furnishings, cut down the sun glare and provide natural light into your home. You can use sun filtering fabrics for draperies and curtains or room darkening shades. One of my favorite window treatment choices are solar shades with light-filtering qualities that diffuse light, reduce glare and help control solar heat gain to make any room a more comfortable environment. Solar shades provide filtered natural light in your home, keep your home cooler and block UV rays. Depending on the openness of the weave of the solar shade, you can see out, but outsiders cannot see in. The openness of a fabric refers to the weave or mesh structure and determines the amount of heat and light that enters a room. A more open fabric allows more heat and light to penetrate through, while tighter meshes block more heat and light. As the shade filters and diffuses light, it also helps reduce the fading of textiles and interior furnishings. While lighter color fabrics reflect light and illuminate the interior with just the right amount of light, darker solar shade fabrics provide a superb view to the outside and absorb light making them ideal for viewing computer and television screens. Additional benefits of the solar shade are that they are easy to wipe clean and they can make your room look bigger and brighter.
I challenge you to take a look at the window treatments that you have in your home and ask yourself the following questions: Do they allow natural filtered light in the room? Is there a glare in the room when watching TV or on your computer? Does your room heat up during the day? Can you appreciate the beautiful views from your windows? If you answered no to the majority of these questions you should consider window treatments that will protect your home from damaging UV rays, keep it cooler and still allow natural filtered light in.
For more information and a free in home consultation, contact Eileen Narozny, Owner / Decorator Interiors Designed by Eileen, LLC at (407) 488-2590 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit my website at http://interiorsdesignedbyeileen.com or Like us on Facebook