Best window covering colors for insulation

We’re doing all we can to stay cool in the summer months. Between outings to the river or the local water park, we must ensure that we remain cool when we’re home. One way of doing that is through the use of window treatments. Not only can closing them throughout the day help keep things cool, but the type of window covering can also help insulate your home against the warm UV rays. Not only can the window coverings themselves make a difference, but the color of them can as well. In this blog, we’ll go through the best window covering types for insulation as well as give some recommendations on the colors you should choose to beat the heat this summer.

If you’re looking for window coverings to help your home’s energy efficiency, our window treatment experts recommend shutters and cellular shades to be the best in helping insulate your home.

Shutters

These timeless classic window coverings are a great way to block heat from your home. The shutter’s solid wood and interlocking closed position create an insulation barrier between your home and the window protecting your house from penetrating UV rays entering your home.

Our hardware shutters are built here in Utah to ensure the highest-quality product. They are also available in various paints and stains to best match your home’s style.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades are pleated materials and contain an air layer in a honeycomb cross-section. According to the Department of Energy, “cellular shades can reduce unwanted solar heat through windows by up to 60%, reducing the total solar gain to 20% when installed with a tight fit.”

With cellular shades, they have great automated options that add a level of convenience to your window treatments. They also come in a diverse selection of colors, fabrics and textures, so you can find a style that works best for your home and style.

Colors for Best Insulation

For anyone that’s worn black in the dead heat of summer, they can tell you that colors make a difference when it comes to heat control. For your window coverings, light-colored fabrics or paints can help reflect light which helps keep your home cooler. For months when you want to keep your home warm, darker colors help hold the heat inside your home. However, you have options if you’re going to have dark colors inside but want to keep the heat out. For shutters, you can have one side light and one side dark. For cellular shades, you can layer them with dark drapery to get the intended look.

If you’re ready to upgrade to better-insulated window treatments, call one of our window covering experts at (801) 692-2490 for a free quote. If you’d instead take a look at your options or talk in person, we also have Lindon and St. George showrooms.