Because the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, which gave federal tax credits on select energy-efficient products, has been reinstated for 2016, certain home improvement products (including some window treatments) are eligible. Talk to a trained consultant here at Blinds & Designs serving San Francisco and Marin County, CA to learn how you can see the products in action. [Read more…]
Over time, the UV rays from the sun will dull the colors of your drapes, furniture, and flooring. Which means that many of your most important investments will not be in the shape you’d like them to be. That’s why it’s so important to protect the inside of your home from damaging rays from the sun—consider high-quality window treatments from Hunter Douglas. You’ll have the peace of mind knowing they truly block the sun’s dangerous UV rays. [Read more…]
These days, there are more choices for window treatments than ever before. New styles, designs, and textures of shades, blinds, shadings, and shutters offer functionality and designer-quality styles. At Blinds & Designs in Tiburon, serving the Marin County area, we offer the latest styles from Hunter Douglas and expertise to help you make the selection that’s right for you. [Read more…]
Energy efficiency is good for you, and it’s good for the planet. In the U.S. alone, the Department of Energy (DOE) reports that windows can account for up to 25% of your annual heating and cooling bill and a staggering 40% in older homes. The right energy-efficient window treatment can certainly help lower your utility bill.
An important step in improving the energy efficiency of your home is to install window shades with high energy efficiency ratings, like our Duette Architella honeycomb shades. Yet even with the best shades on the market, optimal energy efficiency requires the shades to be opened and closed at the right times. That’s where the Hunter Douglas Platinum™ solar energy sensors come in. As part of a window shade automation system, the solar sensor allows you to harness the warmth of the sun when you need it, and block it when you don’t. Home owners and business owners throughout San Francisco enjoy cost savings when using solar sensor technology.
How the Solar Sensor Works
During the hottest part of the day, the battery-powered sensor detects the amount of solar energy entering the home through the window and sends out a wireless signal that automatically opens or closes the window shades to maximize energy efficiency in the room. One sensor unit can control a single shade or multiple shades in a room. For optimal energy savings, multiple sensors can be installed in windows facing different directions of the home to operate specific groups of shades at proper times. [Read more…]