What? It’s getting cold in your house? While replacing your windows is a great start, you should consider getting quality blinds. We have been installing blinds for decades and can help you make the right decision.
Here are some things to consider when considering blinds-
Not sure where you want to start? Come visit our store and you can view our in-store samples or peruse the many style books we keep current. Want more help- schedule an appointment with our window treatment expert who can do an in-home visit to look at sizes and options for your home.
So many ways to save with Hunter Douglas in 2015. First, you can save February 1st through April 25th with several rebate options which not only save you on the blinds themselves you can save on your heating bill all winter!
(No maximum untios; minimum unit purchases required as noted below)
$100- 4 ea. Duette(R) honeycomb shades ($25 each additional unit)
$100- 4 ea. Solera(R) soft shades ($25 each additional unit)
$100- 2 ea. Silhouette(R) window shadings ($50 each additional unit)
$100-2 ea. Vingette (R)Modern Roman Shades ($50 each additional unit)
It’s been a fun almost 91 days sharing photos going back sometimes 60+ years of installations, residential and business clients, and family. We are posting #Day87 and there are just four days more left. Did your photo get shared? Email us a photo of your awning, banner, or window treatment and we can share it on day #91.
At Kaplan’s we are proud of our long family-owned history. We’ve been around the block, probably around your block in fact, in the last NINETY ONE YEARS! We still have all our records on hand so that means if you buy a new house that at one time had an awning you can ask us to look up the address and if they had one through us we still know all the details. Even from NINTY ONE YEARS ago!
Our friends on Facebook may have already notice our hashtag campaign, but if you haven’t jump on our Facebook and give it a look. http://www.facebook.com/kaplanawning (Feel free to like us too!) We have been recognizing customers each day for ninety one days and we still have fifty plus days to go. One customer a day to honor our ninety one days in business. Want your awning featured? Send us a photo to info@Kaplanwning.com
Triple Feature- 1) Update your home with a new stylish look that is 2) energy efficient and will save you on your energy bills, and by buying now you will 3) save on your purchase through the Season of Style sale with Hunter Douglas. An early gift to your home!
Regularly, we have projects that we work on that are not on our usual menu. Last week we had a few outdoor chairs that we replaced the fabric.
It is coming to the end of the summer and it sis time to consider scheduling your awning removal. WE WILL NOT AUTOMATICALLY REMOVE ANY AWNINGS. YOU MUST CALL TO HAVE YOUR AWNINGS REMOVED.
Sweeping 50-city study proves awnings are a smart retrofit to reduce home energy consumption
• Save money through reduced cooling bills
• Increase comfort by reducing home’s internal temperature
• Potentially reduce size of and mechanical wear on the home AC unit
“People don’t realize that there are more eco-friendly ways to stay cool.” says Byron Yonce, MFC, chairman of PAMA. “While turning up the air conditioner results in higher energy bills, awnings and shades work with the air conditioner to keep your home cooler and reduce the need for additional energy.”
High Temperatures, Rising Energy Costs & TIght Budgets Shine Light on Awning Benefits
Everyone knows that awnings provide shade for homes. But record hot temperatures this past summer, rising energy costs and tighter household budgets are bringing to light the tangible role awnings and solar shades can play in efforts to reduce energy expenses.
A new energy study funded by The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), shows that fabric awnings or exterior shades can save homeowners as much as $200 annually by reducing the load on air conditioners (depending on where a home is located). The study, released this week, calculates the impact of awnings in 50 cities across the United States.
“The significance of this type of energy savings extends beyond reduced home expenses,” said Joe Huang, president of White Box Technology, who conducted the study. “When numerous homeowners in a community reduce their energy use, there is less demand for energy during peak usage, resulting in overall savings to utility companies and the public.”
The study focused on older homes that are typically smaller and less insulated than newer construction. Resulting data supports awnings and solar shades as “smart” retrofits to help make older homes more energy efficient.
For example, the study showed that awnings on a home with single or double glazed windows in Pittsburgh, PA can reduce cooling energy 46-50% in a hot year compared to the same house without awnings. Correlating cost savings can range from $81 to $102. In a hot city like Phoenix, AZ the net savings was $193 in a typical year.
“The sun’s rays through glass are responsible for almost 20% of the load on your air conditioner,” says Michelle Sahlin, Managing Director of PAMA. “Awnings reduce direct solar gain through windows.”
The study incorporated information about weather and energy costs, and included a number of variations (cities, shade designs and fabrics). The amount of cooling energy saved varies depending on the number of windows, type of glass in the windows, window orientation and regional climate.
“Homeowners often ask how well awnings and roller screens will help to cool their home and make them more comfortable. So PAMA initiated this study to develop credible information about the performance of window shading, as we work to educate home owners and the industry,” says John Gant, PAMA’ s Energy Committee Chairman. “This research uses complex computer simulations for a wide range of variables to generate predictions of the energy conservation.”
The study in its entirety is now available.
For more information: http://www.awninginfo.com/home_awning_save_energy.html