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Window Coverings Impact Energy Efficiency Year ’Round


The right window fashions can keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in winter, provide light control and positively affect your indoor air quality.

Making sure your windows are covered correctly with the right materials is one of the easiest ways to “go green!”

Today’s double-pane windows do a good job preventing unwanted air flow. But closed windows still offer little resistance to heat flow. Compared to the well-insulated walls and roofs of modern homes, standard double-pane windows allow 10 to 15 times more heat energy to flow through them.

Windows may make up only about 10% of a home, but up to 50% of the home’s heating and cooling energy can still pour through them!

With the right window coverings, homeowners can also reduce solar heat gain in the warmer months. Certain window coverings can diffuse and disperse sunlight deep into a room, optimizing daylight to minimize the need for electric lighting.

While standard, double-pane windows only have an R-value of about two, products like Hunter Douglas’ Duette Architella Triage honeycomb shades can add up to five points to a window’s R-value, tripling the energy efficiency and cutting heat loss through the window by up to two-thirds!

With the new, easy to use Power Vue shades, those tall windows can also easily be covered when needed and raised to allow sunlight when not. With the new hub application of the power shades, scenes can be set to allow smart window shade use. For example, open with the sunrise and close with the sunset automatically. Or set to vacation mode so your shades will move at set times even when no one is home!

Power Vue shades can be operated with a remote pebble, surface control or iPad or Android device. And multiple rooms can all be controlled with one device to make opening and closing a home so much easier and energy efficient.

Without energy-efficient window treatments, as much as 40% of the heat inside a home can escape through its windows.

At Quigley Draperies we enjoy being a Hunter Douglas dealer, both because their products are beautiful and durable, and because they offer fabrics that promote pristine air quality.

Off-gassing is a problem most window fashion manufacturers, especially those overseas, have refused to address. Until there are tougher restrictions on what materials can hang in our homes, I’m trusting my family’s health to only a few companies, including Hunter Douglas.

We also appreciate that our supplier has made a commitment to the environment, with recyclable and environmentally safe to produce materials. Hunter Douglas started an aggressive plan in 2016 to reduce their own environmental impact by reducing its energy consumption by 15%, water usage by 40% and overall carbon emissions by 20% over three years.

Now until April 14, Duette Architella shades and Sonette shades are available for rebates, with a minimum of four shades purchased. Theare are two of the most popular shades for energy efficiency.

The Duette Honeycomb has a long history, and, with the new Architella, is the most efficient shade on the market today. Solara is a newcomer on the scene. With deep but soft folds, it adds a wonderful dimension to larger windows, while also being very efficient. Our Roosevelt Park showroom has examples of both, with various options and control systems.

We also offer on site design and measuring assistance. And, of course, professional installation and follow through.

At Quigley Draperies we’ve been helping homeowners save energy for a long time. This year we’re celebrating 89 years in business. We make a point to stay on top of decorating trends and technology improvements that benefit customers, for stylish solutions that make “green” beautiful.

Quigley Draperies, at 860 W. Broadway Ave. in downtown Roosevelt Park, features their own custom work room and installation, as well as experienced, trusted design assistance. Quigley's is celebrating 89 years of helping homeowners decorate their windows. Call (231) 755-3248 or visit

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