First, homeowners should cover up their windows and make sure they consider the new generation of energy efficient blinds and window coverings. “When a homeowner installs energy efficient window coverings such as the ShutterSmart EnergyGuard Shutters, it’s like adding a second, dual pane window,” said Zekian. “More than 50% of heat loss comes from windows, even double pane windows. But ShutterSmart EnergyGuard Shutters can cut the loss by 66%,” said Zekian.
The ShutterSmart EnergyGuard Shutter Insulation System is a polyclad wood shutter designed specifically for energy savings. This system was purely created to restrict energy loss or gain within the home. In fact, the first generation of these shutters were included in the federal energy tax rebate program in 2010. Unlike regular shutters, ShutterSmart EnergyGuard features Thermocore louvers that have an air pocket within the louvers to trap air inside of each louver, giving an insulating effect similar to double glazed windows.
“The walls of your home typically have a U factor of 0.06. Windows typically have a U Factor of 0.5. ShutterSmart EnergyGuard brings the U factor of your windows down under 0.3, almost tripling the energy efficiency of a standard double pane window,” said Zekian.
Zekian also recommends:
• Close your blinds with the leading edge up, which will maximize the blind’s efficiency
• On cold days close the blinds in your home, especially if the heater is on
• Leave your blinds closed on cloudy days, but open blinds on south-facing windows if it is sunny outside
About Z Blinds Co.
Z Blinds Company is a locally owned blinds and window treatment company located in downtown Fresno. Started in 1992 by owner Levon Zekian, Z Blinds has grown to be the valley’s largest, locally owned blind and window treatment company. Z Blinds carries the top selling national product lines at the best prices, while also providing knowledgeable interior decorating advice and expert installation. Their company website http://www.zblinds.com/
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