Window Coverings for a More Energy Efficient Home

This thermographic photo shows where the heat is escaping from this home in the winter- through 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 thermographic photo of this home in the winter. You can easily see all the heat escaping through the windows in red.

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 Austin Window Fashions Design Consultant, Tara Kulvicki, how she helps customers who come in looking for ways to make their home more energy efficient:

“I immediately direct the customer to the Hunter Douglas Duette Architella Honeycomb shades. They are the absolute best window coverings for energy efficiency, have great options such as Top Down/Bottom Up and PowerRise, and a great assortment of colors and textures. I also mention the Federal Tax Credit that was available the past years so they get an idea of just how great they are to keeping the heat and cold in and they are approved by the government!”

So if you’re looking for ways to save on your energy bills year round, call or visit Austin Window Fashions 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 too.

The window on the left is uncovered, letting out all the heat, the window on the right has a Duette Architella Honeycomb Shade pulled down tight so much less heat escapes.