Your windows are an important component to your home. After all, who wants to live in a home that does not have windows? In fact, the lighting that a home gets is crucial for many people and can even be a deciding and determining factor when it comes to finding a home that they want to live in.
However, it’s important to take good care of your windows and window treatments. The windows themselves need regular inspection just like any other part of your home. Over time, after all, windows can become draftier and draftier, something that is particularly likely to happen if you have single pane windows.
Deciding to switch to double pane windows can actually save you as much as twenty five percent on your heating bills, as they are about doubly as effective as single pane windows at retaining heat. And though window replacements might be expensive, costing up to seven hundred dollars per each and every window in question, many people find that they are well worth it at the end of the day. After all, a window that is well cared for is a good investment, lasting as long as twenty years before needing to be replaced again, if not even a little longer than that.
But aside from just replacing your windows, the type of window treatments that you invest in should also be seriously taken into consideration. After all, there are a vast array of window treatments out there, from motorized window shades to heavy draperies to automated window blinds. No matter what you’re looking for, it’s likely that the right window treatment is out there somewhere for you as we speak, even if you have not yet found it.
And different window treatments have different and varying benefits. Heavy draperies, for instance, are likely to be ideal for those home owners who live in colder parts of the country where winters are long, freezing, and sometimes even brutal. This is due to the fact that the addition of such draperies is actually likely to reduce your overall heating costs by as much as ten percent – and while this might not seem like a particularly impressive amount of projected savings, it’s one that will most certainly add up and prove to be more than worth it over the course of time, as windows and doors alone can account for nearly one half (one third) of all thermal loss that any given home will experience.
And many people are making the switch to motorized window blinds, with the vast majority citing convenience as their primary reason for making the switch in the first place. But while convenience is nice, such motorized window treatments are actually very accessible to those who are disabled as well, making them more valuable than many other types of window treatments for this very reason.
For someone who struggles with mobility issues, day to day tasks can be difficult to accomplish. This includes the opening and closing of blinds and other such various window treatments. Fortunately, the introduction of the motorized shade provides a more than viable alternative to your more traditional window treatments and dressings, and grants the typical person who lives with mobility issues more independence than they would have had before – a small thing, but a powerful one, a thing that has a considerable impact on quality of life.
And if you care for your window treatments well, you will be able to get a good use out of them, saving you a good deal of money – instead of you needing to replace them on a regular basis, something that is of course all too far from being budget friendly. But when we look at the typical shutters that are used in homes throughout the country, we find that they can have a total life span of up to twenty years if they are given the care that they are in need of. Of course, giving them less care and letting them fall into disrepair is likely to have the opposite impact, shortening their life span considerably.