It’s February in Montreal, and as we all know, that means it’s cold! We do our best to stay warm and toasty in our home during Montreal winters. The main source of cold air leaks in my house was the windows. This winter, I decided to beat the cold and decorated all my windows with insulated blinds.
Insulated window blinds are energy efficient treatments to cover the windows in coldest rooms during the winter. Homeowners and apartment renters alike can block heat gain from the sun during the summer and prevent heat loss through windows during the Montreal winter, which can save up to 15% to 25% on cooling/heating bills.
Although I decided to go with insulated blinds, regular blinds can be effective in blocking cold air in the winter and heat in the summer as well. Unprotected windows, at whatever the outside temperature is, will have a direct effect on the inside temperature of the house. Blinds, shades and shutters help with that.
Window blinds are easy to install and they come in a variety of flavours. Horizontal sheer blinds have a wonderful light airy effect, but are better suited for spring or early fall. Our collection of motorized blinds, or shades as they’re more commonly called, is another excellent way to go, bringing sophistication, innovation and convenience to your home. The best part of motorized blinds is you can remotely control and even automate when to open and close your blinds.
In cold months, sunlight coming into your windows can help warm up your home naturally so you don’t need to use more energy. If you set your shades and smart home system to automatically open the sun-facing windows by time-of-day, you won’t even have to think about it. In the evening, your shades can automatically close to help keep the heat in the home, rather than escaping through exposed glass.
Set your shades or blinds to automatically open to allow sunlight in to light your living areas. This is especially convenient in the morning as a way to ease into the day with the morning sunrise. Later in the day, you can have the west-facing window shades automatically open to provide great reading or working light.
In warm months, sunlight coming through your widows can heat up the house, forcing your air conditioning system to work harder. You can program your shades to close based on temperature, light sensors, or by sunrise and sunset to prevent the sun from heating your home when you don’t want it to. When integrated with wireless light switches and dimmers, your shades can close while your room lights turn on to the optimal level.
Don’t forget that in addition to energy savings, motorized shades and blinds enhance security, convenience, and can help prevent damage to furniture, rugs or artwork. Drop by our Montreal, Brossard, or Ottawa locations to talk to our experts.