There’s a distinct smell of Autumn in the air this week. Each year, as we approach winter many customers contact me asking which window shades work best in winter.

At this time of year we’re reminded that window shades absolutely must perform multiple functions within our homes.

The ideal window shades should:

– Compliment the age of the house and the interior style

– Block out sunlight as required during the day

– Block out light at night

– Prevent drafts and lock in heat

– Improve or at the very least not worsen, dust and pollen allergies

– Be easy to clean

– Be durable

– Match your price expectations

Pinoleum-side-blindsAs you hunt down the best window shades for your home this winter, it will no doubt be the heat saving qualities that will be front of mind.

While a thick curtain will lock in heat and prevent drafts, they attract and hold dust playing havoc with allergies and are cumbersome to clean.

Venetian blinds combat many of these problems but are not thick enough to lock in heat. Roman blinds date quickly, hold dust in the folds and offer only a thin veil of material across windows. None of these window shades are ideal in winter.

Did you know that over an eight year period, window shutters can reduce energy bills by up to 8%?

Interlocking slats make shutters great window shades for winter. They lock in the heat, lock out pesky drafts, are easy to clean and have a timeless elegance.

Whenever I’m asked which window shades work best in winter, shutters are always front of mind. Maybe I’m a little biased, but when you apply that check list to shutters, they meet the mark every time.

If you’re looking for heat saving window shades this winter and are keen to conserve energy and maintain a great looking home, consider shutters as your window shades of choice.