The IRS issues a tax credit in 2009 for household systems that are designed to be energy efficient. The tax credit is for 10% of the purchase for up to $1500. However, the guidelines set by the IECC (International Energy Conservation Code) do not specifically mention any kind of window treatments, so they fall in a grey area.
“Should I buy curtains or blinds?” This question does not have one easy answer. Blinds or curtains, perhaps even both, could be the best way to cover a window depending on the situation. Both coverings have their pros and cons and are suitable in a variety of situations.
Most people know that windows are a common source of heat transfer. Just press your hand against a window on a hot or cold day to feel it in action. In the summer, when the sun is the hottest windows allow warm sunlight into the home, which often competes with air conditioning. During the winter months, heat can escape through windows causing your furnace (or heat source) to work even harder. Regardless, energy saving window treatments may help.
Blinds and shades are terms that many people use interchangeably, but you may be surprised to know that they are two different types of window coverings. Blinds are typically made of many individual slats that are “stacked” via a system of cords. The cords allow the slats to tilt up and down or retract as needed to adjust light and privacy. Blinds can be made from metal, plastic or wood and are available in many sizes.
Kitchen window treatment ideas are as varied as kitchens themselves. Like many window treatments throughout the house, those in the kitchen can serve as purely decorative or with function in mind (or both). If you’re looking for decorative options, you are limited by your own creativity. For functional window coverings, it’s worth considering a few types of treatments to ensure you get the desired effect.
Faux Wood Blinds are a popular choice for window coverings for many reasons. Starting at just $56 installed, they are a low cost attractive window covering. Because of the composite material, they are extremely durable and can be easily cleaned. Functionally, they are extremely versatile. They can be raised allowing for full access to the window, tilted open for a full view outside, closed to give privacy or darken a room, and even half closed to allow for some light to enter a room and provide privacy.