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Are your windows energy efficient? If not, you may be throwing your hard-earned dollars out the window (figuratively, and literally).
According to the US Department of Energy, the windows in your home account for anywhere from 25 to 40 percent of your heating and cooling costs—more so if you live in an older home. Only in the most extreme of situations is replacing your windows a cost effective option for increasing energy efficiency. For most homeowners, simple DIY repairs (like replacing old weather stripping or caulking) combined with intelligently-chosen, energy efficient window treatments is the best route for reducing the amount of energy (and money) lost through your windows.
Before you decide on window treatments for your home, take the time to compare your options in terms of energy efficiency. Take a look at the chart below for a general comparison:
Image Source: Mother Earth News
But keep in mind, the window treatment that offers the biggest boost in energy efficiency for one type of window in one environment or climate may not necessarily offer the same for a different kind of window in another location. Window Coverings and Attachments—a joint project of BuildingGreen, Lawrence Berkley National Library, and the DOE—is a fantastic tool for helping to choose the best window treatments in terms of energy efficiency for your windows, your climate, and your priorities:
To get the most out of your windows, always keep in mind how you want your windows to function. Do you want them to let in as much light, heat, or air as possible? Or is keeping those factors to a minimum to maximize comfort and privacy your main concern? How well different window treatments stack up against your answers to these questions is just as important as their energy efficiency.
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Every holiday season comes with its own challenges and surprises. But, there are some that you know you can expect. Let’s look at a few of these holiday challenges and see how a little organization can actually help you overcome them!
Before the holiday season begins is the prime time to declutter and get ready for the rush of guests, gifts and holiday activities. If you’re looking for better ways to organize your kitchen pantry, office or closets, then contact us for a consultation. Here are some areas you can work on decluttering and organizing before […]
Have you ever walked into a room without anything covering the windows? The room looks open and has plenty of natural light…but it also can make the room look bland and bare. Part of making a house a home is adding your own style to it, while still considering the functionality of the home. Window […]
They’re just the cutest! Their snuggles and kisses as a wake up alarm…
Organization in the office is more than just keeping your papers in a filing cabinet. It starts with how your room is designed, and finishes with the way your computer documents are organized. You may be looking at your office right now and wonder how you will ever get it cleaned up and […]
Finding your own monthly cleaning routine can be difficult, especially if you live with a spouse or kids. But, there are many benefits to having a clean home, so it’s important to keep your home a tidy sanctuary. What are some of those benefits? Reduces allergy symptoms Lowers stress levels Improves your waistline (sounds like […]
The holidays are a time for baking gingerbread with loved ones, icing sugar cookies for neighbors, and putting a bit too many marshmallows in your hot chocolate. With all those sweet memories being made, you don’t have time for unpacking cabinets or rummaging through drawers in search of that long-lost tin of baking soda (you know […]
While windows add aesthetic beauty to your home, they could be dragging down your heating efforts each month. Windows alone can account for 10 to 15 percent of your heating bill each month, letting go of about 25 percent of your home’s heat. Protect your budget this winter by fighting back with these […]
Light can enhance the color and atmosphere of a room. Choosing the right window treatment can help complement the room’s natural light instead of completely blocking it. When you enter a room without window coverings, it feels empty and out of place. But, choosing the wrong ones, can also make it feel dark and uninviting. […]
Allergy season can cripple the best of us. You spend weeks, if not months avoiding the outdoors, right when all you want to do is spend time at the pool or in your garden. Not to mention the piles of tissues you’ve used and number of meetings you’ve interrupted with your sneezing. It’s not […]
Happy Earth Day! You may think you aren’t ready to “Go Green,” but there are many simple ways to help our environment and it starts with a clean, breathable, organized home. So help your family make simple changes to Go Green at home!
We all know spring cleaning isn’t always the highlight of the season, but it’s a necessity to keep your home clean and welcoming for family and friends. If you’re looking for motivation to kick-start your cleaning and decluttering, then here are some surprising discoveries you can make while spring cleaning.
The Home and Garden Show is one of our favorite times of the year and this past weekend’s event was a success as usual. People looking to remodel, build and those just searching for new ideas stopped by and talked with us. As the weekend progressed I noticed there was one question I kept getting: […]
Everyone in the family uses the pantry and it can be frustrating trying to find exactly what you want or need. You may put everything away neatly, but the kids may not. So this spring, make it easier on yourself and the kids! Here are 5 steps to an organized pantry, so it will (hopefully) stay that […]
If there’s one thing that many homeowners have in common, it’s the need for more storage. We all long for bigger closets or just extra room in general. Unless you’re able to move to a space with more storage, you may have to take matters into your own hands. But, some space saving ideas can […]
Garages are wonderful things however, if they’re not properly organized, they end up becoming a huge headache for homeowners. So in this blog, we’ll cover two of the best garage organization options out there. You may be an avid biker or the ultimate DIY guy. But, whatever your hobby, there are organization systems that can […]
So you’ve finally decided that enough is enough and you need extra shelving in your home in the New Year. Adding a little extra shelving can help save time and headaches in the long run and is a budget-friendly option for homeowners. Whether it’s adding extra shelving to your closet or in your kitchen or […]
Paint colors are one of the most important decisions you make as a homeowner. We all know too well that there have been many fights over finding the perfect color that matches many personalities and styles. With the New Year just beginning, many people may have renovating their homes and sprucing up those existing […]
As the housing market continues to stabilize, predictions are coming in for 2016. A 2015 study from the Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) of Harvard University, predicted that remodeling spending will grow from 2.4 percent to 6.8 percent in the second quarter of 2016. According to Chris Herbert, Managing Director of the Joint Center, […]
Are you drowning in Christmas wrapping paper this holiday season? All of that wrapping paper and supplies can cause unnecessary clutter in your home and while wrapping presents may fill you with holiday cheer, it’s time to get organized and say goodbye to the clutter! Your friends at Dannemueller Blinds, Shutters, Closets are experts when it […]
One of the most highly debated clothing storage topics is rolling versus folding. Many people may not know the rolling technique and may think that folding is the only solution. Others, who have discovered rolling, believe it’s the only solution. For everyone, packing is a big hassle and with the holidays approaching, you need as […]
As the season changes and we slip into cooler weather, it’s important to make sure your home is ready. Before you turn the heater on, check your windows to make sure no cold air is getting into your home. If you find yourself with a drafty home, read this guide for some quick and inexpensive […]
Ironically, one of the messiest places in most homes is where cleaning supplies are stored. You probably have that closet in mind right now. Cleaning supplies, brooms, dusters and more are haphazardly thrown into that one space and the door is kept shut. So, let’s remedy that problem with these quick tips on transforming your […]
Previously, we wrote a blog about people who prefer to sleep in dark rooms and which window treatments are best to block out light. But, we felt it necessary to include everyone, even people who can sleep in any light conditions. So, think about your sleep style and check out our recommendations for people don’t […]
The number of sheep you have to count before falling asleep is largely based on the set-up of your bedroom. Whether you prefer to sleep in a pitch-black, noiseless space or prefer the warmth of the rising sun on your face, we have recommendations to make your window treatment dreams come true. If you want […]
As fall and cooler temperatures get closer, so does the perfect time to organize and rejuvenate even the smallest spaces of your home – your closets. You’re going to want to have those sweaters and long sleeve tops up front and ready to wear, so check out this blog for some helpful tips to get […]
Taking care of contemporary roman shades doesn’t have to be a hassle! As with any window treatment, proper maintenance and care should be a continual to-do on your list. Taking pride in making your home look its best year-round is no easy feat; but being up to the task is equal measures diligence and elbow grease! If you have […]
Being the owner of Dannenmueller Blinds, Shutters, and Closets, I’ve seen a lot of homeowners going through the arduous, yet rewarding, process of a home remodel. In all my travels, I’ve seen those who have planned ahead and benefited from it, and others who haven’t. Home remodeling is a delicate balance of blood, sweat, tears, […]
Being the authority on all things blinds, shades and shutters is a full-time job! Having encountered hundreds, if not thousands, of homes in my time as blind authority here in western Kentucky, I’ve seen a lot of home going through a costly home remodeling process. I’ve been happy to be a part of those homes […]
More often than not, my customers are always looking for a fresh perspective on ways to spruce up their home décor. That’s why they call me! During home remodels, I tell home owners that the sky is the limit (and not the roof)! A popular item on many of their to-do lists is, of course, […]
During a home remodel, the last thing you want is more work and more stress! Amidst the cloud of clutter and dust, it’s not uncommon to find yourself more frazzled than dazzled! During this time, having a clear vision of what you want to see when the dust finally settles is paramount. Today, we talk […]
It seems like a daunting task, knowing how to measure windows for blinds and shades is critical to a home improvement project. The pressure to measure accurately can make a steady hand quite shaky, with the slightest error resulting in an improper fit or uneven installation. We believe in the time-honored adage of measuring twice […]
As the seasons change, your window treatments should change as well; or at the very least, acclimate to the changing temperature. Being a homeowner means playing caretaker on a 24/7/365 basis and being in control of how your home uses energy should be a main priority. Window treatments fall squarely in that category! So as […]
The spring months are heating up nicely and we are well on our way to a beautiful summer here in the bluegrass state! With the passing of the memorial holiday, we find ourselves firmly in what we like to call “garage sale season”, and there’s no better time of year! Having a successful garage sale […]
April showers brought May flowers, and with it, it has brought the Kentucky heat and humidity we all desperately craved in the early months of 2015! While some of us may be recanting what we wished for in those colder months, the warm weather is here to stay and the need to shore up your […]
Adding windows to your home is the best way to make a small space feel bigger, and adding natural light to a space can increase a home’s natural beauty without doing much at all. You’ll quickly find though that the tradeoff is in privacy. Doors with large windows in them are popular solution to this […]
“April showers bring May flowers,” is the old adage. But, do you know what else it brings? Seasonal allergies, and lots of ‘em. Another old adage to live by, “the best offense is a good defense”. For combating seasonal allergies, there’s never been truer words spoken. Did you know that allergies ranks fifth among chronic […]
We get it, sometimes there’s a window or door in your house that vertical blinds could be the answer to, but you just don’t want to go that route. Lucky for you, we’re here to help you solve that problem! At Dannenmueller Blinds, Shutters, Closets, we strive to provide the quality, lasting solution you need […]
As home interior experts, we get asked tons of questions daily about the smallest or simplest facts. And that’s okay! They’re the easy ones we love to use to help educate our hard-working customers. It’s our job to provide solutions for your home, and we’re happy to do so. Recently, we were asked, “What is […]
Our pets are the heart and soul of our home. At times though, they can definitely feel more like a burden than a joy. Whenever they rip up the carpet, make a mess in the kitchen, or any other myriad of problems they might be at the center of, it can be tough to remember […]
For every problem, there’s a solution. Just like for every window, there’s a treatment. At Dannenmueller Blinds, Shutters, Closets, we thrive on building solutions that match our customer’s wants just as well they match their needs. This high bar has kept us in business for years and it continues to guide us year after year. […]
It’s that time of year again, when we shake off the cobwebs, throw open the doors and windows and welcome spring with open arms. Kentucky’s four-season weather can often cram all four into one month, but we relish in the days that give us 70 degrees and cloudless skies! For homeowners everywhere that means it’s […]
This winter has seen more snow and precipitation than we are used to here in the western Kentucky area. If you’re a cat owner, this has surely piqued their interest in the outside world. For those of you with blinds, drapery, or any sort of window treatment, it surely has wreaked havoc on them. We’ve […]
Your home is as unique as you are! That’s the difference between a house and a home—you and your family! So with that said, it should never have any opportunity overlooked to show off the personality behind every valence, color, or any other piece of décor you use. Does your house have a set of […]
It’s not crazy to watch a couple come in to our store and see the man defer to his wife, and that’s if he decides to come with her at all! Gentlemen, if you’re not a part of the decision-making process for your window treatments, you are missing out on a crucial part of the […]
Guys, it’s almost springtime. With the countdown until warmer weather in full swing, now is the perfect time to get all of that “Dad stuff” in order that is strewn about in the garage. Whether you’ve got a mountain of stuff to sort through, or just need to pick up a bit, getting it out […]
Kentucky weather is known for one thing—being unpredictable! We’ve all heard that popular phrase at one point: “If you don’t like the weather, just wait.” Staying ahead of the curve in our four-season climate is no easy feat, and no one envies the weatherman’s job. So, what does that mean for your home? It means […]
Plantation shutters are some of the most gorgeous window treatments you can dress your window with. Their versatility and distinctive styling give them a life that creates a vibrant setting for any home. Keeping your shutters in tip-top condition helps them continue to add that vibrancy for years after the purchase, making them a purchase […]
Finding affordable solutions for every aspect in your home can be nearly impossible. No matter how big your budget is, somewhere a corner is bound to get cut. Luckily, if you’re looking into a home renovation project and your windows are on the list, we’ve got an affordable window treatment for you—aluminum blinds!
Your home is as unique as you are. It has nooks and crannies, a personality just like yours and probably a problem or two that needs solving. A homeowner’s work is truly never done. That work can be made more complicated if your home has some more unique windows that can’t simply be left bare. […]
Every home is unique, but one struggle remains the same throughout all of them—to utilize every square inch of space efficiently! Whether your home is big or small, a mansion or an apartment, the need to keep everything properly organized and orderly is universal. In the past, we’ve discussed ways for properly utilizing space […]
It’s 2015, and as you look back fondly at last year, maybe you can’t help but look around at your home and see all the things you never got around to. Whether it’s in your garage, or all over the house, there’s some project you always wished you had time to get to, but didn’t. […]
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, what does that say about the windows of your home? Whether you realize it or not, how you maintain your windows sends off a lot of cues to guests and can go unnoticed by you and your family simply because you’re used to seeing them every […]
Quiz time: did you know that the average family wastes about one quarter to a third of its annual budget spent on heating and cooling due to air leaks? Apply the math to your spending and you’ll see […]
Window treatments are an essential element to personalizing your home. Not only do they say something about your personality and unique taste, but they also provide utilitarian value to your interior by protecting it from environmental conditions. If you have small children running around in your home, there is a risk that your window treatments […]
It’s that time of year when the four-wheeler becomes perfect for snow days, and your snow blowers/shovels/space heaters make more appearances than you would like. With so many large items coming in and out of your garage this season, you may be overwhelmed with the task of reorganizing the garage to make more room for […]
Vertical blinds make a great addition to your large sliding glass doors and provide plenty of privacy when you need it. They are easy to clean and take care of, and when […]
If your house has multiple windows in each of your rooms, choosing the right window treatments can be quite a task. There are two general directions you can take – use the same type of treatment across all windows, or change things up with a combination of blinds, shades and shutters. While there is no right […]
Let’s face it – kids don’t like putting away their laundry. They don’t like putting toys back where they belong. They don’t like to organize items based on functionality. As parents, there are ways for you to encourage your children […]
For many of us, the kitchen is the most pleasant room in the house. It’s a place where families gather for breakfast in the mornings – the perfect space to enjoy a hot cup of coffee while enjoying a bit of morning sunshine. The kitchen is the best place to use natural light to create […]
You use home décor as a representation of your unique personality, but did you know that even your window shutters can reveal your personal characteristics? These three different shutter options each possess their own distinct qualities that resemble the homeowner who chose […]
With the increasing popularity of wood window coverings in today’s homes, you may be considering replacing your old blinds with new, stylish wood blinds to add warmth to your interior design. Depending on your needs and preferences, there are two types of wood blinds that will give your room the character you’ve been envisioning. Here […]
While Spring Cleaning is typically thought of as being the most appropriate time to clean out your closet each year, it makes sense that the beginning of the cool season also calls for a closet makeover. It’s time to pack […]
Selecting the right solution for windows that have atypical or untraditional shapes or styles can be a little tricky. But you can easily find quality treatments for windows that aren’t the normal square or rectangle shaped design. At Dannnenmueller Blinds, Shutters, Closets, we have window covering to meet every need. Our solutions are available for […]
We all know that shutters are a great option for windows of any size and shape but how do you know they are right for your unique needs? As a window treatment choice, shutters provide a sleek design and allow you to tailor the amount of light and privacy. And don’t forget the most important […]
Space is often at a premium and our closets never seem to be big enough to fit all our stuff. But if you get a little creative, you can maximize the space that you do have. An easy solution is a Dannenmueller custom closet system. We offer several products that help maximize space including super-slide […]
Keeping your closet organized is often an impossible feat with a busy job, family obligations and all those daily responsibilities. Things just end up cramped into every corner of our closets. Then in the mornings, you can’t find that shirt, pair of shoes or necklace you need to complete your outfit. But if you take the time […]
When selecting which window treatments are the best fit for your home, there are so many things to consider from the amount of light and privacy to the overall look, color and style. Just remember your window treatments should be decorative as well as functional. But with all the options, it can often become overwhelming. […]
The garage is a place in most homes that could use some organization. Garages often become the place where everything you don’t have space for in your house ends up. But after a while, you can’t find something you need or there just isn’t enough room for those bigger items and vehicles. Use these steps […]
Windows are an important and sometimes overlooked part of every home. Are you looking to add some pizzazz to your windows with coverings that will look great, add value to your home and reduce energy costs? Here are some tips to consider as you begin your window makeover, help you make the right decisions and […]
Dressing up your windows can increase the value and cosmetic appeal of any style home. But when choosing which window treatments are right for you, there are several important things to consider. Make sure to think about the different function of each room and the amount of light you need before selecting which type of […]
Keeping your kids’ rooms clean and organized is often a big hassle especially for a busy family. Requests for kids to clean up, often leads to items quickly thrown and hidden away in their closets. But with these seven simple tips your children’s closets will stay neat and tidy.
Updating the window treatments in your home is one of the easiest ways to give any space within in it a dramatic makeover. But what kind of window treatments should you choose? Simple bamboo blinds paired with floor-to-ceiling curtains is a perfect option for adding function and elegance to a room. If you’re looking for a […]
It’s early on a workday morning. Your alarm goes off three times before you begrudgingly get out of bed. You shower and prepare for your day, but when you head to the closet you can’t find a thing to wear! You try out several outfits before settling for whatever you’re wearing when you see how […]
Curtains, drapes, shades, and blinds are good go-to window treatments for anyone looking to update their home. They’re readily available and can be relatively inexpensive; why would you want to take a chance on anything else? Perhaps switching out your curtains for more curtains isn’t a big enough change for your revamping vision, or you’re […]
If you have cats, and you have blinds, you’re likely ALL too familiar with the battle to keep the two safely separated. Your cat poses a threat to your blinds (tiny teeth marks, slats broken by paws trying to clear their window to the outside world…). Your blinds pose a threat to your cat (head stuck […]
Can you remember the last time you cleaned your blinds? If your answer is NO, you’re not alone. Blinds are an easy item to overlook in a regular cleaning routine, even for the clean freaks among us. Luckily, cleaning and restoring your blinds to their like-new luster (be they aluminum, wood, or vinyl; vertical or […]
Updating the window treatments in your home is one of the simplest ways to transform its look and feel, but with seemingly infinite options when it comes to blinds, shades, and shutters, how do you choose? Where do you start? Begin by asking yourself the following five questions, and you will be well on your […]
Ladies. Love. Shoes. The exact numbers vary (see the USA TODAY article, “Women fall head over heels for shoes” here), but the average American woman has anywhere from 20 to 40 pairs of shoes in her fashion arsenal. Even the average American man has around 10. Perhaps we have too many shoes, but whatever the numbers, all too […]
When I’m at a window treatment consultation with a client, there’s one question they always seem too afraid to ask: “Why are window treatments so expensive?” It’s a fair question, and while most homeowners decide on their style of blinds, shades, or shutters for cosmetic reasons, they often forget the functionality of blinds when making […]
After months of challenging winter weather, spring is finally here with a few challenges of its own, including its invigorating sunshine that urges so many of us to undergo The Big Spring Clean. But do we really need to tackle everything at once? As our friends over at the ClosetMaid Storganization Blog put it, making […]
As kids, most of us had a favorite color. Maybe it was blue one week and yellow the next, but when we chose a color as our favorite, we owned it. We wanted to wear it, color with it, and paint our rooms with it if our parents would let us. As adults, however, many of us […]
Have big dreams for your closet that exceed its square footage? Don’t give up on your dreams just yet. Even the smallest of closets can be transformed into a thing of organized beauty, and the transformation process will help you toss the clutter and make space for what’s important. Here are some big solutions for […]
Winter often forces us to spend more than our fair share of time indoors. If you’re getting tired of looking at the same walls day in and day out… change them! Here are five low cost, high impact ways to spruce up your space and help sooth your cabin fever.
You’ve sealed the deal on a new place, and you can’t WAIT to get settled in and call this new place home. In your mind, you’re already picking out paint colors to splash on the walls and flowers to plant in the garden. For a moment, you forgot one tiny detail… Now you actually have […]
Creating in the kitchen can be a welcome comfort to a cluttered mind, but if your kitchen is the thing that’s cluttered, it can become an inspiration for stress rather than creativity. Not to worry! With a little help from our friends at Martha Stewart, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens magazines we’ve put together a […]
It may be “the most wonderful time of the year,” but when you’re actually in the thick of it—shopping, decorating, and planning—the stress can get to even the best of us. As we so often tell our clients, when everything has its place, it makes life a lot less stressful! Try these six holiday organization hacks […]
It’s easy to get carried away with hastily shoving things into our closets. It’s not so easy to dig through that mess later, hoping to find a specific shirt or pair of shoes. We understand. In fact, we have a few tips that can help you make the most of your closet space!
Fall is here, and winter is fast approaching. If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to start cleaning and preparing your home for the coming months. Let’s face it, none of us want to worry about these housekeeping matters when the cold finally settles in to stay. Use our fall cleaning checklist below and […]
The thought of garage organization can be so intimidating at times you may feel tempted to let clutter have its way in your garage, even in winter when you’d love nothing more than to bring your car in from the cold. No need to let the garage clutter monster win! Take these garage organization tips, […]
One day my friend came to me after a day spent on the greens. As I was putting away my clubs he came around the car, shoving his phone in his pocket and placed his hand firmly on my shoulder. “Steve, the wife is letting me get a Road King Classic if I clean out […]
Dannenmueller’s closet systems, shades, shutters and blinds provide you with the organization and privacy you want without ever sacrificing the style of your home. We’ve been committed for more than 25 years to serving western Kentucky and southern Illinois homes.
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