We recently did a surgery in conjunction with Sungard Window Fashions in Peoria, Illinois, to learn about the kinds of questions people ask when it comes to choosing new window coverings for the windows in their homes. Overall, we learned that people are interested in ways they can maximize efficiency in their home through the use of window coverings, while also finding something that is fashionable and makes their home look great. The most common questions that arose during our surgery included the following:
1) How do I clean my window coverings: If you are investing in high quality window coverings throughout your home, you will want to make sure you know how to properly clean and care for them. Some materials, like wood, are very straight forward to clean. If you have wooden window coverings, you can simply dust them and then do a deeper clean every few weeks using some kind of a wood polish. When you have a fabric blind, however, you need to make sure you understand the care instructions and take good care of your window coverings to ensure that they last a long time. Most blinds can be dusted, even if they are not made of wood, but you will want to make sure that dusting is OK before you move forward with that as your primary way to clean your window coverings. Most window coverings will come with care instructions, and you can hire professional cleaners to come in and clean them for you every few months.
2) How do I install my window coverings: This is another very commonly asked question. When you install window coverings, you want to make sure you get it right the first time so you don’t end up with drill marks in your wall from multiple failed attempts. You want to first measure the space and make sure you know exactly the size of your window. Your window coverings should come with details instructions, which will include information on attaching them to different household surfaces. If your window coverings do not come with instructions, you can always contact the manufacturer. Additionally, if you do not want to risk hanging them incorrectly, you can hire someone to come in and do this for you. This service is offered at many retailers who sell window coverings.
3) How do I know if my window treatments are energy efficient: If energy efficiency is your end goal, make sure you do your research and search for window coverings which are known to be energy efficient. While any window coverings will help keep out the cold or warm air, there are some that are especially designed to insulate your home and cut down on your energy usage. If this is your main goal in installing new window coverings, you should be looking for window coverings designed specifically with this purpose in mind.
4) What is an energy efficient window covering? Many people do not know what an energy efficient window covering is. This is a window covering designed to maximize energy efficiency in your home.