July 05, 2010

Tame the sun, enjoy the view!

Energy Efficiency
Without energy-efficient window treatments, as much as 50% of a home's heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows. All Hunter Douglas window fashions provide window insulation, offering your home increased protection against heat loss during the winter, as well as minimizing the sun's heat or "solar heat" during the summer.
Solar Heat Control
The warmth provided by the sun, its solar energy, may be desirable during the winter to help heat your home, yet it can make a room overly hot and uncomfortable while driving up air conditioning costs in the summer. Many Hunter Douglas products are designed to reduce the amount of solar heat that passes through the window, which is known as the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). The lower the SHGC, the more protected your home is from the sun's heat. To enjoy the sun's warmth when desired, simply raise or open the window fashion and invite it in.
Form & Function
Daylighting is the practice of lighting rooms with natural light rather than generating illumination from electricity. With Hunter Douglas window fashions, you can control how much natural light comes into your room. Our sheers and other select styles actually diffuse light as it enters and help to draw it deeper into the room. By drawing natural light into a room many of our window treatments reduce your energy needs for other types of lighting.

Styles such as Screen Roller shades (left) allow you to maintain an open feel, and keep a view while tamping down the glare of the sun by up to 99%.
Others, like Nantucket Sunscreen shadings (above,right) offer the view-through of screen shades while allowing you to tilt soft louvers for added light control & nighttime privacy.
For the ultimate in heat/cold insulation, look to Hunter Douglas Duette Architella shades (left). Their exclusive, innovative 'honeycomb within a honeycomb' design gives you three pockets of insulating air between you and your window, creating an R-value of up to 7.18 or a SHGC value as low as 0.17
UV Protection
Just as sunscreen protects our skin from the sun's damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays, window treatments protect our room interiors and add to the lifespan of valuable possessions. Virtually every Hunter Douglas product filters out at least 75% of the sun's harmful UV rays when installed over double-glazed glass windows. Many of our products provide even greater protection, up to 99%, when fully lowered and with slats, vanes or louvers in the fully closed position. The rating of Good to Excellent to Superior for this product will partly depend on the fabrics and product features you choose and whether your window covering is opened, closed, raised or lowered.
For additional statistics or information on these or other possible options, get in touch with us!

Bruton's Decorating  located at 279 10th Street in Hanover,ON
519-364-5080 or toll-free, 1-877-278-8667

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Photos courtesy of Hunter Douglas
Some text excerpted from 'product info', hunterdouglas.com