Chicagoland residents endure extreme cold in the winter and blistering heat in the summer, relying heavily on heating and cooling to stay comfortable, which means big utilities bills. But did you know that window treatments can help you save on heating and cooling?
Hunter Douglas Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades. Fabric/Material: Alexa. Color: Desert Sands.
As much as 50% of heating and cooling energy can be lost through windows without energy efficient window treatments.
Chicago window treatments store JC Licht helps homeowners save money and needless energy expenditure by offering high-quality Hunter Douglas blinds and shades. These window treatments focus on specific aspects of energy conservation: daylighting and insulating and solar heat control.
Daylighting allows natural light to flood your home, reducing your reliance on artificial light.
Window treatments designed for daylighting are made of special fabrics that disperse sunlight throughout a room and provide UV protection to your possessions, reducing color change and fading from exposure to the sun.
Hunter Douglas Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades. Fabric/Material: Classic. Color: Greenbriar.
Insulation & Solar Heat Control
In summer, excess sunlight can overheat your space, prompting you to crank up your air conditioning.
During winter, two main things happen:
- Heat escapes through your windows, forcing your heating system to work harder to maintain temperature.
- Sunlight enters your windows and heats up your home, helping out your heating system.
Hunter Douglas Duette® Honeycomb Shades can prevent heat from escaping through your windows while letting the sunlight in, as this heat map illustrates. One window is unprotected. The other is protected by Duette® Honeycomb Cellular shade.
Left: Hunter Douglas Duette® Honeycomb Shade detail of cellular honeycomb structure. Right: Insulation comparison heat map.
Solar Heat Control
Designer Screen Shades are engineered to block the sun’s hot rays in the summer, but they also allow enough light in during the winter to add some warmth, giving you control over the temperature of your room and providing UV protection while still allowing you to see outside.
Hunter Douglas Designer Screen Shades. Fabric/Material: Chill. Color: Heathered Grey.
I want it all!
In Illinois, the dramatic rise and fall in temperatures throughout the year prompts many homeowners to layer window treatments, some that are ideal for summer months and others with insulation to conserve energy in the winter.
Window treatment motorization systems can be set to program when they open and close to fit your lifestyle, while maximizing energy efficiency. Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization provides all of this and more.
The Chicago window treatment specialists at JC Licht can help you customize Hunter Douglas window treatments to make your home more energy-efficient while looking beautiful.
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