Many people think that skipping out on window treatments can help them cut energy costs in the winter because their uncovered windows will let in warmth from the sun and reduce heating costs. Almost all of our window treatments, however, let you save on energy bills year round. They keep the sun’s heat out during the summer and let the natural heat in when the sun’s out during the winter. On overcast days and at night, our blinds, drapes and shutters can reduce the feeling of chill that comes off cold windows. They’re almost like an extra layer of insulation for your windows. Blinds and Shutters Technically, horizontal window blinds and plantation shutters are more effective at reducing summer heat gain than winter heat loss. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t beneficial once summer passes. The numerous openings between the slats make it harder to keep heat in using shutters and blinds. Still they help block the chill that emanates from the window glass. Many of our shutters close so completely that the gaps between slats become fairly negligible. The best part about all of our adjustable window treatments is the flexibility they offer when the weather changes suddenly.  With the climate as it is in Georgia, you never know when hot weather might occur. Unlike shades, you can adjust the blinds and shutters to control light and ventilation. For example, when completely closed and lowered on a sunny window, blinds can reduce heat gain by around 45%. They can also be adjusted to block and reflect direct sunlight onto the ceiling. A light-colored ceiling will diffuse the light without much heat or glare. Shades Just like with curtains, a shade's ability to reduce heat loss and gain depends on several factors, including fabric type (closed or open weave) and color. With such a wide variety of draperies available, it's difficult to generalize about their energy performance. During summer days, you should close shades on windows receiving direct sunlight to prevent heat gain. When drawn during cold weather, most an average window shade can reduce heat loss from a warm room up to 10%. Therefore, in winter, you should close all shades and drapes at night as well as draperies that don't receive sunlight during the day. To reduce heat exchange or convection, shades should be hung as close to windows as possible and long enough to hit the windowsill or the floor. For maximum effectiveness, you can hang some close-fitting curtains with the shades. You can carefully attach drapes to the wall at the sides and bottom. If you do these things, you may reduce heat loss up to 25%. This winter, stay warm with Signature Shutters!