Most of us can barely manage dusting and washing our window treatments on a regular basis, so the idea that you should change them each season may seem like a big ask – but the practice has several benefits. Not only can new window treatments refresh your home’s look, but they can also make your spaces more energy efficient, maximize natural lighting, and alleviate allergies. Simply put, changing your window treatments is like having a magic wand for your home – so wouldn’t you use it?
Warm Up The Winter
If there’s a season that can be totally transformed by the right window treatments, it may be winter. During the coldest months of the year, many people spend an inordinate amount trying to keep their homes warm, but a much cheaper solution is to invest in insulated window coverings. Insulated or thermal drapes trap heat in the house, while preventing cold from leaching through the windows and creating drafts. If you can’t find thermal curtains, another option is to invest in blackout curtains, which can be found in most stores and are useful for bedrooms, no matter the time of year.
Let In Spring Light
As winter gives way to spring and the days get longer, brighter, and warmer, it’s time to swap your window treatments again to greet the light. With that in mind, put away the insulated curtains, and opt for lighter, sheer shades for a modern touch. Sheer shades still allow you to filter the light on especially bright days or when the sun is in your eyes, and if you want to add a touch of color, these simple shades go well with colorful curtains. Additionally, if you have spring allergies, taking down musty winter curtains for washing will eliminate a layer of seasonal dust; those new, clean curtains will be a relief.
Shut Out Summer Sun
In terms of window treatments, summer has a lot in common with winter in that you want to maximize energy efficiency by blocking out the heat and keep cool air inside. The only problem is that you can’t use the same curtains during summer as you would in winter. Instead, the Department of Energy recommends using medium colored curtains with white plastic backing to minimize heat gain; these can reduce heat gain by 33%, which is a sizeable amount, especially when it comes to your cooling bills.
It’s best to avoid blinds during the summer, particularly slatted blinds, as they make it much harder to control the flow of heat and cool. If you’re looking for a more economical option, though, reversible white/dark shades can help you control the temperature in both summer and winter. You can pair these with different curtains for a seasonal update.
Fade Into Fall
Finally, when it comes to fall, you need curtains that can handle extremes as the early weeks can be as hot as mid-summer, while the final weeks may feel like winter – so what should you do? One option is to hang midweight voile curtains that allow light in, while also filtering that light for minimal glare. Though voile doesn’t have the insulating properties of heavier curtains, it should keep your home at a comfortable temperature throughout the fall and is available in a range of colors.
Changing your window treatments every season is a simple, economical way to update your home each year, and a great way to ensure your curtains are regularly cleaned. Most importantly, though, changing your window treatments is functional, keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Few other budget-friendly décor changes can claim to provide your home with so many benefits.