Energy-Efficient Window Treatments for Your Santa Cruz Home

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Sunday, January 1st, 2012 at 11:01pm.

Now that winter is here, you may want to invest in new, energy-efficient window treatments that will make your Santa Cruz home more comfortable and attractive. Here are some options to consider.

Insulated Drapes

To make the most of this option:

• Install a cornice over the top of the drapes to hide hardware and keep cold air encased around the window while drapes are closed at night.

• Make sure drapes reach to the floor or the windowsill to form an enclosed box around the window.

• Allow drapes to overlap in the middle by several inches.

• Use heavy, insulated drapes with a separate liner to trap a layer of insulating air.

Roman Shades

These are a nice option if you have beautiful woodwork and don’t want it hidden by heavy drapes. Roman shades fold into horizontal pleats when lifted, and hang flat when lowered. They can be easily made by anyone who sews. Fiberfill layers can be added between the liner and outer material, or the shades can be made from quilted fabric.

Cellular Shades

These are ingenious shades made of honeycomb-shaped cells that trap air, forming an insulated panel between the window and your Santa Cruz home’s interior. You can get single-cell or double-cell, light-filtering or light-blocking cellular shades. When lifted, cellular shades fit more compactly against the top of the window frame than roman shades do.

These window treatments will help to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

If you’d like additional tips on affordable upgrades to make your Santa Cruz home more comfortable and attractive in this buyer’s market, call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at

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