We all know the struggle of dealing with the summer heat. From chafing and sweating to air conditioner failures, we tend to spend a good portion of the summer season feeling uncomfortable, overheated, and just frustrated. Living in Texas, we know to expect heat in the summer, but we may not have prepared our homes for desert-like temperatures. If your energy bill is on the rise, and your air conditioner is struggling to keep up, you may be looking for additional ways to improve your home’s efficiency. With a great selection of window coverings, including collections from Hunter Douglas, a visit to Hill Country Blinds will have you one step closer to staying cool this summer.

                  Your window coverings can help insulate your home from outside conditions. However, some products are better than others depending on your design preferences and your desired level of light control. First, if you feel like your windows are well-insulated, but you’re concerned about the heat from the sunlight coming in, you should consider a window treatment that will block the light. Thicker than standard blinds, Heritance® Hardwood Shutters can serve as a barrier between the window and the rest of your home. Customized to fit your windows’ specifications, this product will minimize the light gap around the edges while bringing an elegant, plantation-style appearance.

                  On the other hand, if you are concerned that heat is seeping in around your windows, you should consider honeycomb or cellular shades. Due to their construction, these shades are extremely energy efficient. They are built in a honeycomb fashion with cells that will lock in air, trapping the heat and keeping it from extending into your home. Plus, this construction can also absorb noise, helping to create a more serene environment. If the construction makes you think they’d be hard to maintain, there’s no need to worry. Available in stain and dust-resistant fabrics or even anti-microbial fabrics, this product is durable, easy to care for a great investment.

                  While we all want energy-efficient homes, we also want to be able to enjoy the sunlight in a well-designed home. If you want your window treatments to make a statement but still provide some insulation in extreme temperatures, look no further than Silhouette® Window Shadings. Constructed with S-shaped vanes that appear to float between two sheer fabrics, this product allows you to adjust how much light is filtered. They are also available in fabrics that can filter up to 88 percent of ultraviolet rays. Plus, you can take advantage of Silhouette® Duolite® and pair the light-diffusing shade with a room-darkening roller shade.

                  No matter your style preferences, you can even improve the energy efficiency of your home by selecting a product that operates with Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorization. With this operating system, you can control your window covering with a touch of a button or the use of your mobile device. Plus, you can schedule the operation of your shades, optimizing light control based on the time of day and increasing energy efficiency by closing the shades when you’re not in the room.

                  At Hill Country Blinds, we have window coverings for every need. Each product is available in a variety of fabrics with differing opacities, allowing you to customize your perfect fit. If you want to improve the energy efficiency of your home in Austin, Texas or the surrounding areas including Bee Cave, Georgetown, Lakeway, Round Rock, and Spicewood, visit our showroom in New Braunfels or contact us to schedule your consultation today!

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