Cut Monthly Costs and Boost Home Value with Stylish, Efficient Window Treatments

A recent study from Texas A&M found that curb appeal improved home sale prices by 17 percent. Not only can quality window treatments enhance curb appeal, window coverings can also provide insulation and decrease heat loss from your home by 20 percent during the winter. While some window treatments are better than others at preventing heat loss—or cool air loss in the summertime—they can all go a long way in enhancing your home’s visual appeal and perceived value.

Improve Value & Efficiency

Lavender plants in front of a window with shadesEven the most energy efficient windows have some degree of leakage, allowing cold air into the home during winter months. By acting as a literal barrier, window treatments slow leakage. In the summer, lowered shades or blinds keep out the external heat and allow your home to retain the cold air being circulated by your air conditioning. This cuts your energy consumption and makes your house more attractive to buyers looking for a modern, energy efficient home.

Additionally, design and curb appeal are crucial when selling a house, and hanging window treatments can help increase buyer interest by bringing a room together and making it look finished. Dated furnishings and window treatments can decrease the perceived value of your home and lead to low ball offers. An updated interior helps to make your home look both modern and stylish. Potential buyers will innately respond to this harmonious style message and perceive your home as efficient, modern and worth your asking price, suggests home staging experts Chancellor Designs.

Top Choices

Certain types of window treatments work better for certain climates. You’ll find a variety of materials, hues and options for each type of treatment that will complement your decor and work with your home. Top window treatment styles to consider include:

  • Blinds: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, fully closed blinds can reduce heat gain in the summertime by as much as 45 percent. To garner the most energy efficiency, choose highly reflective styles that can block and reflect natural light onto the ceiling. A light shade of ceiling paint will diffuse the light without glare.
  • Shades: Shades are not only simple to install, they can also help regulate the temperature of your home by controlling light filtration. Roman or roller shades from online retailers like theshadestore.com promote energy efficiency by allowing natural light in during the cooler months and blocking it during the summer season. If you live in an urban area, consider blackout materials to reduce the nighttime glare of city lights.
  • Drapes: A classic style of window treatment, drapes can reduce summertime heat gain by as much as one third and wintertime heat loss by as much as 10 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Combine energy savings plus color by selecting a medium-toned drape backed with reflective white backing.
About Ken Montville

Ken Montville is a Realtor® and Associate Broker with RE/MAX United Real Estate in the beautiful Maryland Suburbs of Washington, DC. He has been selling nice homes since 1999. Way back in the 20th Century.

When Ken Is not doing the real estate thing he can be found all over social media in places too numerous to mention and he listens to jazz, reads a little (mostly non-fiction), hangs out with the Rotary Club of College Park, MD and can be found blogging at MDSuburbanHomes.com