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Energy-Efficient Window Treatments

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Avoid Loss of Energy at the Window
House with heat loss at the window.
The red areas indicate heat loss at the window.

Without energy-efficient window treatments, as much as 50% of a home's heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows.

Here at Martin Interiors, many of our window covering 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.

Keep your Home Warmer in the Winter and Cooler in the Summer
Energy-efficient Duette® honeycomb shades, available at Martin Interiors in Norton
Duette® honeycomb shades

To maximize energy savings at the window, we recommend Duette® honeycomb shades from Hunter Douglas. Hunter Douglas invented the highly energy-efficient Duette® honeycomb shades in 1985, in response to the energy crisis of the late 1970s.

In 2006, they created the Duette Architella® honeycomb fabric, which features a honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb design for even greater energy efficiency.

Hunter Douglas' latest innovation is the Duette Architella® Trielle honeycomb fabric, which adds another layer, creating 5 insulating air pockets inside the shade. Learn more about Duette® honeycomb shades.

How Energy Conservation Works
Energy efficient window treatments help conserve at the window in many important ways:

Insulation
Graphic - how insulation works


In winter months, your home heating escapes to the outdoors through your windows while in the summertime, the outside heat flows into your home through these same windows. With window treatments that provide insulation, you can reduce energy consumption, save on heating and cooling costs, and create a more comfortable atmosphere.

Solar Heat Control
Graphic - how Solar Heat Control works


The warmth provided by the sun, its solar energy, may be desirable during the winter to help heat your home, but in the summer, it can make a room overly hot and uncomfortable—driving up air conditioning costs. Many Hunter Douglas window treatments help to control solar heat by allowing it into your home in the winter and minimizing the amount that comes in during the summer.

Daylighting
Graphic - Daylighting


Daylighting is the practice of lighting rooms with natural light rather than artificial light. By drawing natural light into a room many of our window treatments reduce the need for other types of lighting, thereby reducing your energy use.

5 Tips for Saving Energy at the Window
Heat Loss Comparison
Heat Loss Comparison: With and Without Insulation

1. Ensure your windows and doors are properly weather-stripped.
2. Caulk around basement and storm windows.
3. When heating or cooling, keep windows locked.
4. Open your window coverings during sunny winter days to catch free solar heat then close them at night to keep that heat in.
5. Close your window coverings during summer days to keep the heat out.

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The Honeycomb Energy Efficiency Story

Hunter Douglas is the industry leader in making a big energy savings difference at the window.

The Honeycomb Energy Efficiency Story

Hunter Douglas is the industry leader in making a big energy savings difference at the window.

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Contact Us For More Information
Questions? We can help! Please contact our team here at Martin Interiors.

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