Energy Saving Window Treatments - The Bend Magazine

Energy Saving Window Treatments

Beat the Texas heat with the help of efficient and affordable products from Budget Blinds.


By: Pam Morin, Budget Blinds – Corpus Christi

At Budget Blinds we are often asked whatbrproducts will block our South Texas heat and provide the best energybrsavings. Three great answers arebrCellular Shades, Plantation Shutters or Custom Drapes. 


Cellular Shades are the leastbrexpensive of the three. Sometimes calledbrHoneycomb Shades, Cellulars have a hexagonal cell shape that helps them trapbrheat exchange at the window.  Cellularsbrare like putting a blanket on the window – they keep heat out during the summerbrand heat in during the winter. On a 5brpoint scale, most of our cellular shades have a 4.8 energy efficiencybrrating. They operate like any otherbrshade, up and down, top down bottom up or even vertically across wide doors andbrwindows. Cordless or motorized are thebrtwo most popular control options.

Plantation Shutters are verybrpopular in our Coastal Bend Area.  Theybrfit great with any decor, whether it be traditional colonial, farmhouse,brtuscan, or coastal/ beach.  PlantationbrShutters are like putting a cabinet on your window.  They are a permanent addition and they add tobrhome value, making them a very smart home improvement.  On a 5 point scale, plantation shutters comebrin at 5.0 when they are in the closed position. brSince they are a louvered product, they offer the ability to perfectlybrcontrol light and view in a room by a simple tilt of the horizontal louvers.brPlantation shutters can be operated with or without a tilt rod (hidden tilt) orbrthey can even be motorized!


Custom Drapery sounds like abrluxury item, but you would be surprised at the many affordable fabrics andbrstyles that are available. Drapes are abrgreat way to add texture and color pop to your room decor while providingbrenergy efficient function. The difference between custom drapes and what isbravailable in box stores is in the detailed construction, fabric choices,broverall operation and feel. A goodbrcustom drape comes with a liner that can be light filtering or blackout, whichbrdoes wonders to darken a room and control heat. Just think of what drapes did the last time you stayed in a hotel! Today’sbrdrapes can be operated by cords, wands or even motorization!




Budget Blinds Corpus Christi
6722 Kram #301, Corpus Christi, TX 78413
Phone: 361-808-7400  |   Fax: 361-808-7401