The Best Window Coverings for Energy Efficiency

Aug 19, 2023

When it comes to making your Florida home energy efficient, one area that often gets overlooked is the windows. However, windows can be a significant source of heat gain during summers—especially in the sizzling Southern climate—and heat loss during winters. This leads to higher energy bills and a less comfortable living environment.

The solution? Energy-efficient window coverings. At ShadesToYou, we offer a range of window treatments that not only add style and beauty to your home but also help you save on energy costs. Here are a few to consider.

Cellular Shades

Insulated cellular shades are a top pick when it comes to energy efficiency. Their unique design features pleated materials that create a honeycomb cross-section with air pockets, acting as insulators. This reduces the conduction of heat through the window.

Solar Screen Shades

Solar screen shades are another simple, effective way to save on energy costs. They reduce glare and UV rays, while diffusing light and providing control over heat gain. For the ultimate convenience, they are even available in motorized options.

Roller and Roman Shades

Roller shades and Roman shades are versatile window coverings that come in a wide range of fabrics, colors, and weaves, allowing you to match your interior decor seamlessly. By using heavier fabrics for these shades, you can also enhance their thermal performance. They are highly effective for privacy, room darkening, and blocking sunlight, as well.


If you’re looking for more control over glare and heat gain, horizontal blinds are a great choice. Horizontal slats are angled to allow light inside, while keeping direct sunlight out. This can help you improve indoor comfort, reduce summer heat gain, and cut down on glare. Plus, by fully closing the blinds on windows that receive a lot of sunlight, you can significantly reduce heat gain during hot days.

Plantation Wood Shutters

This classic window treatment offers more than charm and visual appeal. It also provides energy efficiency when the shutters are made from wood. Wood naturally has air pockets that create effective insultation, making your windows more energy efficient.


Drapes are another popular choice. However, their effectiveness in terms of energy efficiency depends on factors, such as fabric type and color.

For instance, on summer days, closing medium-colored draperies on windows receiving direct sunlight can prevent heat gain and reduce cooling costs. In the winter, drawing drapes can reduce heat loss and increase thermal comfort. For the ultimate in energy efficiency, consider combining custom drapes with shades.

Let ShadesToYou Hep You Decide

Selecting the best window coverings for energy efficiency is an essential step in optimizing your home’s comfort and helping to reduce energy costs. At ShadesToYou, we offer a wide range of energy-efficient window treatments, including cellular shades, roller and Roman shades, blinds, drapes, and more.

Our expert design consultants are a call away and can help you choose the right-fit window treatments for both style and energy efficiency. Contact our team today to schedule your free design consultation.