Keeping your home energy efficient can be a difficult task, especially in the depths of winter and at the peak of summer, when temperatures can be quite extreme indeed. For many people, a number of different steps can help to improve overall energy efficiency. While some of them are quite extensive, others are relatively simple additions for the average family to make.
Window treatments can be one such way to improve overall energy efficiency throughout a home – or even throughout any given commercial building, such as an office space – located here in the United States. For many people, the addition of window treatments is also ideal for a number of other purposes as well. For instance, window treatments can help to improve the overall appearance of a home, considerably adding to the aesthetic value (though the window coverings must be quite high in quality and very well cared for in order for this to be the case). Of course, window treatments can be ideal for creating a more private home environment as well, especially during the evening and nighttime hours when the use of lights would otherwise make it easier to peer inside, should someone be so inclined.
So there’s really no doubt as to why the market for various window treatments is on the rise not only here in the United States but all throughout the world as a whole as well. In fact, the value for this market is actually expected to exceed a value of $16.5 billion by the time that we reach the year of 2022, now only a short distance away in the future. During the spring months of the year of 2016 alone, after all, more than 31 million people in this one country alone bought some type of window treatment, if not multiple window treatments.
After all, window treatments really do come in many different varieties. Motorized blinds have become particularly popular, mostly because they are so convenient (this is actually the top reason that people are purchasing motorized window blinds). But the motorization of blinds can also be ideal for those who struggle with mobility issues, as the use of motorized window shades can allow for the easy opening and closing of these window treatments, adding just a little bit more ease into the persons in question’s everyday routine. For those who are striving for as much independence as is possible even though they struggle with some concerns surrounding mobility, this type of window treatment will certainly be more than ideal.
Heavy draperies can also be ideal in many parts of this country, but especially in parts of the country where the winters are long and very cold indeed. These heavy draperies can actually help the typical home to retain a good amount of heat – in some cases, as much as 10% of the heat in any given room can be retained and prevented from escaping when the use of heavy draperies is implemented. In many other places, these heavy draperies can also just add the right aesthetic appeal to a room or, as is mentioned briefly above, a more thorough sense of privacy.
Of course, maintaining your window treatments well is a must, especially as the years pass on. For outdoor window treatments such as shutters, this will be particularly important, as these window treatments will be much more exposed to the wear and tear of the elements than any indoor window treatment would be. In addition to this, outdoor window treatments can even become damaged in extreme weather events in a way that is not common for indoor window treatments.
Ideally, however, even your outdoor window treatments will be able to last you still a considerable amount of time. Ideally, outdoor wooden shutters will even be able to last as many as 20 years in total. However, some window shades will sometimes even be able to last for even longer periods of time, but only if the conditions are ideal for their regular up keeping and this regular up keeping is actually performed. At the end of the day, all window treatments really matter.