Saturday, March 17, 2018

Shading with Style

Windows are “energy holes”. So, even though windows make up only about 10% of a home’s insulated shell, as much as 50% of our energy is lost through our windows. Translated into dollars and cents, up to half of what you pay for cooling pours right through your windows.

In Florida, heat is a way of life. Incoming sunlight is harmful to wood, causing premature cracking and fading. The Ultra-Violet light fades art work, rugs, furniture and upholstery. But there is a beautiful solution from Hunter Douglas. You can have your view while blocking the heat and uv, too with Silhouette and Luminette sheer shadings from Hunter Douglas.

Kill the Heat – Keep the View Come in to our showroom and see the evidence yourself. We’ll measure the temperature of the heat coming through the window glass with and without a Silhouette and you’ll be amazed at home much cooler it is with the shade in there.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient SHGC tells us what fraction of solar energy hitting the window actually enters the home. Lower numbers are better. Standard double-pane windows have a SHGC of 0.76, meaning 76% of the solar energy gets into the home. Add Luminette Privacy sheers and watch that number drop down to as low as 0.20! With energy prices rising, you’ll want to save as much as you can. At Beautiful Windows we have many different options to help you save $$.

Daylighting This is the practice of lighting rooms with natural light rather than generating illumination from electricity. The sheers from these products actually diffuse light as it enters and help draw it deeper into the room. Plus you can direct incoming light where it is needed most by tilting the louvers and slats. Another added advantage is that the sheers on the Silhouette actually keep out 80% of the incoming UV to protect upholstery, flooring and art from fading. When you visit us, ask to see our oversized Silhouette with room darkening features to keep your master room cozy & cool.

Motorization Flipping a wall switch to operate your shades beats having to go window to window to operate each blind individually. Wall switches and remotes can be programmed to handle multiple shades individually or in unison. The “platinum technology” from Hunter Douglas can be integrated into any home automation system.

View Through If view is important, then you want the 4” Silhouette because it offer most “view through” – meaning the space between louvers. It brings the beauty of the outdoors in. The Luminette which marries the beauty of sheers with the privacy of soft draperies, allows you to rotate the vanes for infinite degrees of light control.

Living Smart Going green is about making small changes that can have a large impact. Energy costs dollars – so the more energy we save, the fewer dollars we spend. Plus, by saving money and energy resources, we leave a healthier world for future generations. Living smart is the best choice for everyone.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Palmetto Blinds & Decor, at 305-233-1224. Visit them online at

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