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Add Character to Your New Construction

One of the most common complaints of new construction homes is the lack of character. As I’ve busily saved money for the past few years to build my dream home, I’ve often been worried about this important issue myself. However, while completing some research, I’ve discovered many ways to add character to a newer home. For instance, installing crown molding, a wooden staircase, and trey ceilings are great ways to fill a new abode with character. Another great idea is to install a stained glass window. These colorful beautiful additions give your home old world flair. On this blog, you will learn how to add character to your new place by installing stained glass windows.

Window Treatments 101: 4 Window Blind Options That Can Save You Money

Windows are useful because they allow light and fresh air to enter your home. However, this can sometimes be problematic. During chilly winters or hot summers, windows can make your home uncomfortable. Fortunately, you can combat this by investing in window blinds.

If you aren't sure what type of window blinds to purchase, don't worry. Here are four good window blinds that can help keep your home comfortable and reduce your monthly energy bill.

1. Honeycomb Blinds

Honeycomb, or cellular, blinds are a great option for those who want to reduce their energy bill. These blinds are probably as you imagine them. They are structured like a honeycomb, so that they have small openings in them. These small openings help to trap the cold or hot air inside the blind, so that the uncomfortable temperatures don't reach your home. There are various choices to choose from when it comes to honeycomb blinds. Some are single cells, while others are triple celled. The more cells you choose, the better the energy savings.

2. Insulating Fabric Blinds

A fairly affordable option for homeowners and apartment dwellers are insulating blinds. These are like traditional window curtains, except that they are made from insulated fabric. They come in a variety of colors and styles; however, all are opaque and block outside light. The good part about these blinds is that they can be purchased at most big-box stores or online, so they are easy to find.

3. Traditional Blinds

Another option are traditional blinds. Typically made from PVC, these blinds are easy to maintain and offer some energy savings. These blinds come in two different styles: vertical or horizontal. Vertical blinds are typically easier to use, but are more expensive. Horizontal blinds are more affordable, but they don't block out as much light. The type you choose will largely depend on your budget and window design.

4. Roman Shades

Roman shades are another popular option. These blinds are usually made from thick and insulated fabric. Unlike traditional window shades or blinds, these fabric shades pull down over the window. They are usually fairly tight to the window, which helps to block out heat or cold. They come in a variety of styles at different price points, so they are another nice option for most homeowners.

As you can see, there are many options when it comes to window blinds. Some offer huge energy savings, while some offer minimal. These four choices are a good option for anyone looking to reduce their energy bill, without sacrificing comfort or style. For assistance, talk to a professional like Ardy's Gallery of Window Coverings.