Window Coverings for a More Energy Efficient Home

This thermographic photos shows how alot of your heating or cooling energy costs are seeping right out the windows.

Energy Efficiency

Did you know that up to 50% of your home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost through your windows? Check out this thermographic photo of this home in winter. You can easily see all the heat escaping through the windows shown in red. Of course in Texas, we have the opposite problem in summer- we want to keep the cool in, and window coverings are just as important for that too!

This therographic photos shows the heat (red color) escaping through the windows of this home.

Hunter Douglas has always prided themselves on being an industry leader in making a big energy savings difference at the window.  In 1985, they invented the highly energy-efficient Duette® honeycomb shades in response to the energy crisis of the late 1970s. Today, they continue to think about the impact all of their window fashions can make. Without energy-efficient window treatments, as much as 50% of a home's heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows.

Hunter Douglas products help conserve energy at the window in these three important ways:


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

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 fashions 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 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.

We asked Window Fashions of Texas Design Consultant, Mary Hudson, how she helps customers who come in looking for ways to make their home more energy efficient:

“If someone asked me for the most energy efficient shade I would recommend the Trielle Duette honeycomb shade. The Trielle shades have a 24 degree temperature reduction at the window, reducing unwanted heat through the windows by up to 80% in the summer, and reducing heat loss during the winter up to 45%.  That's huge! The shades have five pockets of insulation air to help you save energy, plus they are beautiful.  You can add options like the top down, bottom up feature as well as motorized.  The fabric stack is fairly small allowing full access to the window for full view of the outdoors.  This is the most energy efficient product Hunter Douglas product, and will last many, many years."

So if you’re looking for ways to save on your energy bills year round, call or visit Window Fashions of Texas and we’ll show how the right window coverings can really help your home be more energy efficient.

This thermographic photo shows the difference good window coverings can make in winter. The window on the left has no window covering on it and you can see all the heat escaping shown by the warm red colors. The window on the right is covered with a Hunter Douglas Duette Architella Honeycomb shade and you can see that it is helping retain the homes heat and appears much cooler with green color showing.  And in the summer, it will keep the cool air in and the heat out too.

Thermographic image of heat escaping through the window on the left side (red) and better insulated right side (green) with Hunter Douglas Dutter Architella Honeycomb Shades.