Maybe you just moved into a new home. Maybe the home you just bought has window treatments that you cannot stand. Maybe you don’t like the view out your window. Maybe there is too much glare on your television screen. These are all good reasons to get new window shades, but there are even more good reasons.

In addition to light control, privacy, and style, window treatments provide additional insulation and energy savings as well as improved acoustics and enhanced safety. Last but not least, new window shades can be more convenient to use. Continue reading to understand why you need new window treatments.

Light Control – Window shades give you control over how much natural light enters through your windows. Close the shades to keep the light out, open the shades to let more light in. If there is too much light coming into your window from a nearby street light, a good solution is a room darkening or blackout shade. If you want to reduce glare in your family room and still be able to see your backyard pool, a Silhouette or a solar shade may be what you need.

Privacy – Nobody likes to feel like they live in a fishbowl, where it feels like everyone can see what they are doing. If you live in a neighborhood where the houses are close together, you definitely need blinds or shades. You do not want people to see in your windows. Remember the scene in the movie Grumpy Old Men where Walter Matthau keeps changing the channels on Jack Lemmon’s TV while he is trying to see if he won lottery. If the shades were closed, this would not happen. You can use semi-sheer shades to take advantage of natural light and block the view into your home giving you the privacy you want.

Style – What is your favorite color? Do you prefer bold or subdued? Textured or shimmery, which do you like? Is your home contemporary, traditional, or midcentury modern? These are all questions of style. You can get a window treatment to fit your style. Draperies, blinds, shades, or shutters all add style and pizazz to windows.

Energy Savings – Adding window treatments reduces heat loss or heat gain through your windows saving you money on heating and cooling costs. Certain window treatments, like Silhouettes, filter and reflect natural light directing it farther into the room reducing the need for artificial light and saving energy and reducing costs.

Acoustics – Window glass is very hard. When sound waves hit window glass, they bounce off and echo back into the room. Depending on the wall finishes, floor finishes, and furnishings, this echo can be annoying. Soft window shades or draperies absorb sound waves reducing echoes.

Safety – New window shades and blinds are available with safer operating systems. The traditional operating system is a cord lock. When you raise the shade or blind the cord gets longer and longer. Eventually the cord may even end up on the floor. Children or pets can play with this long cord and possibly get tangled leading to tragic results. Have you ever had the long cord get pick up by you vacuum cleaner? New shades or blinds can be cordless, use a retractable cord, or even motorized.

Convenience – Everyone is looking for convenience. Certain operating systems allow you to touch and walk away to close a shade. You can operate motorized shades with the touch of a button, or better yet have them operate automatically. Much better than the old cord lock blinds and shades.

Have you decided you need new shades? Call Beyond Blinds Inc. at 630-232-9901, we would love to talk to you and find out why you feel you need new shades. We can schedule an in-home appointment to show you hand samples so you can see the new operating systems. We have the expertise to help you make the decisions that are right for you. Don’t wait any longer. Contact us now.