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Where Are Your Energy Dollars Sneaking Off To?

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Author: KellyConklin

Every day, every night, all year long money is slipping away from you. It is sneaking out the window one dollar at a time through lost energy. Your heaters and air conditioners are begging you to do something as they work overtime to make up for all the warm and cool air that is not just escaping out the window, but hitting the window and getting colder or hotter depending on the season, creating a cycle that works against them, and you!

You know it's time to give your wallet, heaters, and air conditioners a break, but what is the best option? There are dozens of fixes, but let's concentrate on three popular solutions.

Insulating Cellular Shades
Pros:

  • Great R-Value
  • Operable (in a variety of systems like cordless, motorized, top down/bottom up) so you can harvest solar gain
  • Great for other window issues like privacy, décor etc.
  • The streamlined system works in virtually every window
  • Available in light filtering fabric so when the shade is down the room still gets natural light
  • Made of polyester to stand up to window extremes
  • Easy to install

Cons:

  • In order to get the great benefits customer needs to make sure shade is down when it's cold and up when it's warm.

Window Quilts
Pros:

  • Great R-Value
  • Operable so you can harvest solar gain
  • Helps with other window issues like privacy

Cons:

  • The quilt is bulky so it is not very versatile
  • There are no light filtering options so when the quilt is down it is dark
  • It is comprised partly of cotton so it degrades over time in the extremes of the window
  • The user needs to make sure quilt is down when it's cold and up when it's warm to get benefits

Replacement Windows
Pros:

  • Great R-Value
  • The window is always there so you don't have to do anything to get the insulation

Cons:

  • Lose the ability to harvest solar gain (when the sun is out it is great to let that heat in and give the thermostat a break!)
  • Does not help with other window issues (privacy, etc.)

So what are you doing to stop those pesky dollars from flying out of your windows? We'd love to know!

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