It seems like there is a green alternative for everything nowadays. Eco friendly home improvement products can be found very easily and window treatments are no exception. Many window treatment companies now offer at least one product that they promote as being green in one way or another. Here are some ways to evaluate the eco-friendliness of your window treatments:
Energy Efficiency – Typically when a window treatment product is touted as being green, it means that it can boost the energy efficiency of your home by insulating. All window treatments insulate to some degree, but there are window treatment products that are made specifically for the purpose of reducing heat loss or gain. Cellular (or honeycomb) shades are perhaps the most energy efficient window treatment offered currently. If the shades are installed close to the glass with the sides of the shade held close to the walls, cellular shades can decrease heat loss by up to 50%. There are a few window treatment products that even come with certification statements that make them qualified for tax credits.
Natural/Renewable Materials – Window treatments that are made out of natural materials like cotton, silk or hemp can be re-used or recycled, making them better for the environment. Most window treatment companies now offer drapes that are made from non-chemical fabrics and innovative raw materials. If you decide to go with wood treatments, only buy wood that is Forest Stewardship Council certified. FSC accredited certifiers evaluate both forest management activities and tracking of forest products.
Air Quality – How a window treatment impacts air quality is another major factor in how eco-friendly it is. If you have a treatment that is made from natural materials, it more than likely will not affect the air quality in a negative way. On the other hand, plastic and faux wood blinds may contain a chemical called polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PVC releases carcinogenic dioxin into the air during production and contains plasticizer called phthalates, which can set off respiratory problems and inhibit the body’s hormonal systems.
Today’s guest post is courtesy of Richard Moyle of Horizon Window Treatments.