With so many window treatment options available on the market, it can seem daunting to choose a style to fit your home décor, let alone spend the amount necessary to outfit your entire home. With window treatments available in a large amount of styles, different materials such as wood, plastic, fabric, and available in a wide price range, the options when it comes to window treatments are endless and the benefits are enormous. The following outlines some of the major benefits of having window treatments in your home.
Improves the Appearance of the Room
When most people think of what window treatments add to a room, instead of thinking about their practical benefits first, they think of the window treatment's aesthetic value. Window treatments, as long as you pick out the right kind for a particular room, can transform the room. For example, if you have a smaller room you can use curtain rods that extend beyond the perimeter of the window, and attach light, airy fabric to use as curtains. This will appear to widen the space in your room. If you want your window's to appear taller, you can apply window treatments, such as floor length curtain or drapes, to lengthen to overall appearance of smaller windows.
Protects Your Home
One major benefit to having window coverings in your home is to protect your home and furniture from harmful sun rays that may be coming in from the nearby window. Over time, the sun's rays cause fading and deterioration of furniture, carpets, pictures and more. The cost to repair and replace these items can be quite high and can end up costing more than the window treatment itself. Heavy curtains that can be closed easily during peak sunlight hours do well to effectively block out harmful UV rays. In rooms that receive lighter sunlight, wooden or vinyl blinds are resilient enough to protect the interior of your home.
Improved Room Temperature
Another benefit of window coverings is that your room's temperature will naturally stay better regulated. During the warmer summer months, you won't have to go straight for the thermostat to get some relief from the heat. Just simply shutting your blinds to block out the sun will keep your room cooler.
Do you live in an area that is cold all year round? Window coverings can also help to trap in heat. In the colder months, you should close your blinds at night, rather than during the day when the sun is shining brightest and helping to warm your house. This will help to keep the cold air out and the warmer air in. By doing this you are saving money on heating and cooling costs and helping to leave a smaller environmental footprint.
Promotes Comfort in the Home
In addition to the cost savings that are mentioned above, such as savings from costly furniture repair or heating and cooling bills, window coverings also promote health and comfort in your own home. Do you suffer from migraines, headaches or eye strain?
These ailments could be reduced by something as simple as having a quality blackout curtain. Often times, you don't realize that the harsh sun coming into the home from your windows can cause headaches and hurt your eyes when you're working on the computer or reading a book. If you don't suffer from headaches, having blinds or shades can help you in small ways, regardless. No longer will you have a glare on the television screen when you're trying to watch your favorite show, nor will you have to worry about people on the street being able to see into your home at night, allowing your home to be the sanctuary and save haven that it should be.
Window treatments have many benefits and, although they can be used to enhance the aesthetic of a room, their benefits extend far beyond simple visual enhancement.