Home Improvement Blogs
Home > Product and Style Tips Home Improvement

Product and Style Tips

Ways to go green in older homes
By Payless Decor
7/1/2015 1:20:00 PM  

Making an older home more eco-friendly can be challenging and expensive. Especially if the structure was built at a time when individuals weren't concerned about preservation or using the most natural resources. It can be more desirable to convert an older home into a green home than rip it down. Many homeowners want to reduce their carbon footprint. With the right window treatments, wall paint and furnishings, you can rest assured you're doing your part to help the planet, regardless of where you live. Here are some key tips on how to revamp certain areas of your old home and make them as environmentally-friendly as possible.

Paint your walls with low-VOC paint
Indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air, and according to the EPA, is considered one of the top 5 hazards to human health. Paints and finishes are among the leading causes. When repainting your older home, use low volatile organic compound (VOC) or ZERO VOC paint. Low VOC and ZERO VOC paints create less emissions that can do harm to the environment, plus you will reduce the chances of inhaling toxic fumes during the painting process. These paints are durable, cost-effective and better for humans and environmental health. 

Recycled flooring
Natural and recycled flooring materials can be beautiful and more durable than more traditional flooring options. They're made from clean renewable sources and reuse materials that otherwise might have been landfilled. Such products have little or no VOC emissions, unlike many traditional types of flooring and their associated binders, adhesives and sealants. Natural products include bamboo, cork, and natural-fiber carpeting. Recycled products include reclaimed wood, carpet tiles, premium rubber flooring, antique brick and stone, and terrazzo. All of these materials offer a beautiful look with minimal impact on the environment.

From Southern Hospitality

Eco-friendly window treatments
These days, it's easy to find items composed of recycled materials to use around the house. When it comes to your windows, consider investing in bamboo shades. Bamboo is a rapidly renewing resource and one of the hardest raw materials used for window treatments. Bamboo shades are also more cost-effective compared to typical window shades. Since bamboo is durable, you will have to worry less about spending more money to replace broken window treatments. Lastly, bamboo can provide just as much control over natural light and satisfaction on your windows as other varieties.

From Apartment Therapy

Reuse furniture

Some of your favorite pieces in your home can come from unexpected places. When shopping for new furniture, you don't have to go to a high-end interior design store to find pieces that you'll love. Thrift shops and secondhand stores offer fantastic finds at reasonable prices. Everything from cocktail tables to bed frames to lamp shades can be found at these locations at a fraction of the price. In addition, beautiful furniture can also be passed down from friends and family. When you feel that these items are beginning to wear out their welcome, refresh with new upholstery or a new coat of paint. Everyone old is new again!

Invest in long-lasting furnishings
Another way to ensure you're not using more than necessary and living green is to invest in furniture that will last you for years to come. This will limit the need to purchase more items in the future, reducing your waste and helping you be more eco-friendly.

Whether you want to completely remodel your old home or you're looking to revamp just a few rooms, these tips can help you go green. In the end, you'll be happier that you looked at your options and made the extra effort to live a greener lifestyle. Be kind to our planet!

Currently rated 0 by 0 people

Tags: eco-friendly, home improvement
Categories: Bamboo Shades, Home Improvement, Window Treatments
Tips for keeping cool on summer's hottest days
By Payless Decor
6/24/2015 9:35:00 PM  

For most of us, the summer months provide a welcome respite from the short, frigid days of winter. However, as the summer wears on into its dog days, homeowners are often faced with the challenge of staying comfortable as the heat and humidity indices climb. Here are some tips for keeping your home cool and minimizing energy bills in the summer:

Draw blinds and shades
Heat from direct sunlight can turn your windows into lenses. Drawing blinds and shades will keep rooms cooler during the day. Consider investing in light-blocking shades or high-quality pleated shades to minimize the effect of sunlight, and prioritize east and west-facing windows, which see the sun's most intense rays in the morning and late afternoon. In addition to the cooling factor, quality window treatments will protect furnishings, like certain stained woods, which are susceptible to ultraviolet (UV) damage.

Cook in the evening
Plan your heat-producing activities, like cooking and using major appliances like dishwashers and clothes dryers, for the evening, when the temperature begins to drop. Kitchens in many older homes are typically small, and something as simple as boiling a pot of water can increase the temperature and humidity levels in the room to uncomfortable levels in a matter of minutes. Consider recipes that feature food that can be served cold for a couple of days, like a refreshing summer soup or pasta salad.

Use energy-efficient cooling appliances
Energy-efficient air conditioners (ACs), oscillating fans and ceiling fans can make a big difference. If your window-unit AC is out of date, consider investing in an upgrade. Newer AC units with good energy efficiency ratios (EERs) require less input wattage to produce an effective cooling output, so you'll get the results you want without the crippling spike in your electricity bill. Many ENERGY STAR qualified ACs have auto-shutoff settings that maintain a room at a preset temperature without overworking the compressor. Read appliance manuals and follow instructions for the most energy-efficient cooling. In many instances, leaving a unit off for most of the day and then cooling a room quickly at a very low temperature output will overwork a compressor, requiring more energy than if the unit were left on for a longer period of time at a low-energy setting.

No matter how hot it gets, following a few simple practices like these can keep your home cool.

Currently rated 0 by 0 people

Tags: pleated shades, summer, home improvement, energy-efficient
Categories: Home Improvement, pleated shades
Turn Your Home into a Summer Destination
By Payless Decor
4/15/2015 6:19:00 AM  

If you don’t have vacation plans or if your summer trip seems too far away then why not turn your home into an everyday personal getaway? Check out these creative and fun ideas that will transform your home into a summer destination of its own!

Create a Cozy Atmosphere

You can makeover both the indoor and outdoor features of your home so you can experience a relaxing atmosphere on a daily basis. Your outdoor decor can be revitalized with a porch swing, firepit or even a simple fan to cool off in warmer weather. The indoors can also be addressed with a new air conditioner, light-filtering shades or light blankets. You can even make the transition from inside to outside more resort-like with the inclusion of sliding doors or plantation shutters. A combination of these features will bring a vacation-like feel to your entire home.

Incorporate Unused Furniture

Some of your furniture may get to the point of being outgrown or unfitting for their intended room. Instead of investing in huge projects, you can make the most of these already-purchased items and bring a warm, sunny life to your home. For example, you can turn a table into an outdoor stove, wine bottles into tiki torches and whiskey barrels into coffee tables. Many DIY websites feature innovative projects like these that can turn items that may not serve their original purpose into much-appreciated summer staples.

Consider a Child’s Perspective

If you have children then you know that they enjoy a vacation just as much as you do. In order for you to have a relaxing experience at your revamped home then you will need to consider new activities and options for them as well. Consider investing in or creating your own outdoor playground that will encourage your kids not only to have fun with their friends outdoors, but to also be more active. You can redo the inside of your home too by gathering sheets and blankets to create a cozy fort. This option lets children express their creativity without a huge mess!

Take on an Outdoor Project

What comes to mind when you think about the perfect vacation? Maybe you envision a large pool with a diving board, beautiful fountain or relaxing gazebo. All of these projects can in fact be taken on before summer rolls around. You can add some fun to the bigger tasks by inviting family and friends over to create a unique bonding experience. You can also look at the tasks as exercise and, since you’re outside, you can work on your tan in the process. All of the hard work will be more than worthwhile when you are enjoying your new outdoor additions all summer.

Travelling, major expenses and the many little details of a vacation can be avoided this summer. Instead of stressing over a short trip, you can take on your own projects that will turn your home into the perfect summer vacation destination for you and your friends and family.

Currently rated 0 by 0 people

Tags: get your home ready for summer, summer home, summer vacation home
Categories: Home Decor, Home Improvement
9 Foolproof Ways to Get Your Yard Spring-Ready
By Payless Decor
4/1/2015 5:47:00 AM  

Happy April Fool’s Day! Instead of getting pranked or tricked, we have provided some great, foolproof ways for you to get your yard ready for warm and sunny spring weather.

  1. Prep Your Lawn - Even though spring has already begun, it isn’t too late to give your lawn some much-needed attention. If you’ve let your yard get out of hand, start off by mowing your old grass low. If weeds are typically an issue, you can also look into purchasing a pre-emergence lawn weed killer to keep your lawn weed-free all spring.

  2. Make it Manageable - If your home came with a large yard that doesn’t mean you have to worry about maintaining all of it. Instead of feeling stressed about the amount of work you have to do, consider adding in features like pavers or bricks to frame your lawn and make a noticeable size reduction. You can make your lawn look great with less effort!

  3. Trim Up - Some plants may have gone through tough times this winter, so give them some love by investing in some reliable pruning shears. Shrubs and small trees are examples of greenery that can be pruned. These features will benefit from a trimming as it will help your yard maintain its shape and enhance spring’s growing capabilities.

  4. Bring Out the Rake - Rake’s may typically be associated with fall leaves, but rakes can in fact have value in the beginning of spring as well. Raking away winter debris can make a huge difference in your lawn. Not only will you instantly notice a change in appearance, but you will give your yard a chance to grow and blossom all spring.

  5. Clean Out Every Home - Not only does your personal home need spring cleaning, but your birds’ homes need to be cleaned as well. In order to encourage birds to return in the spring, you need to remove any diseases that could have developed in the colder weather. Pests could have made an infestation as well, so it is best to cover all of your bases.

  6. Do Some Research - If you don’t consider yourself to have a green thumb, then do some research into which plants survive the best in your area. You may come to find that it wasn’t your lack of skills that prevented your plants from living a full life, but the plants themselves may not be capable of surviving in your environment.

  7. Start Fresh - There’s no time better than the beginning of spring to introduce a new plant bed. Starting early is best as it is vital to dig areas and add organic matter as needed so your soil will encourage growth. The new additions can provide an entirely new vibe to your yard and provide some motivation for you to keep them looking fresh and lively.

  8. Pay Attention to Paths - Having paths around your lawn is a personal, sophisticated addition that can impact your ability to move around as well as overall appearance. The vitality of a great path deems it essential to do some maintenance on these areas as well. You can use tools like a rake, broom or pressure washer to reveal the prime condition.

  9. Mend Fences - Fences may have become rotted or damaged over time, so it is important to note the condition of your fences when you are attending to your yard. You can paint over rough patches, repair certain parts or look into replacing areas that are too much to handle. Enlist family and neighbors to make mending a more enjoyable process.

Giving your yard some attention early on will make a huge difference in the spring and summer seasons. Noticing everything from fences to bird feeders will give your yard a whole new life that will continue to grow and blossom throughout spring!

Currently rated 0 by 0 people

Tags: yard, fix my yard, lawn tips
Categories: Home Improvement, How To
Covering Your Sliding Glass Door
By Payless Decor
10/14/2014 10:38:00 AM  
Covering Your Sliding Glass Door

Sliding Glass Doors

Choosing the perfect window covering can go a long way in creating the right atmosphere in your home. You can’t just pick any set of blinds or curtains—you need to choose an option that seamlessly blends into your existing decor. Covering your windows can be tricky enough when you consider all the various curtain and blind options available, but what about that sliding glass patio door?

Your sliding glass door can be a great addition to your home. It’s a good source of natural light, provides an excellent view into your backyard, can give the illusion of more space and, because they’re often larger than normal doors, they can be a great way to move larger objects into and out of your home. But there are times you may not want an abundance of natural light, or you may not want to allow an unblocked view into your home. This is when a set of blinds or curtains for your sliding doors will come in handy.

Vertical Blinds

The most common option for covering your sliding glass door is by using vertical blinds. Many of these blinds will be made from a sturdy PVC, and they often come in a variety of colors to match your decor. These will typically be the most cost-affective way to cover your sliding glass door, as they’re fairly inexpensive to purchase, clean and replace. Like typical, horizontal blinds, vertical blinds come in a variety of styles and textures. If the PVC versions aren’t exactly what you’re looking for, you can opt for a sturdy fabric or even a faux wood material instead. While vertical blinds are easy to install and certainly get the job done, they may not fit well with the design aesthetic of every home.

Woven Wood Sliding PanelFor those looking for a door cover that blends with their decor, there are other options available.If your home has a more natural, earthy feel to it, or your family is environmentally conscious, a woven wood sliding panel is a great option. Made from tightly woven bamboo, these come in a variety of natural colors. They’re great for allowing softly filtered light into a room, and their edges are bound to provide extra durability. You can also install a privacy lining with the bamboo panels if you enjoy the natural look, but want to increase privacy, light control and present a neutral appearance to the street.

Solar Shade Sliding Panel

A third, and more high-end, option for covering your sliding glass door is to use a Solar Shade sliding fabric panel. These provide a modern, designer feel to any room and can be easily coordinated with existing decor. They come in a variety of colors and openness options (including blackout for complete room darkening), allowing you to control and customize the amount of light you want to filter into the room. They feature solar mesh and other materials that block UV rays and solar heat gain while still preserving views - perfect for sliding glass doors, large windows or as a ceiling-mounted retractable room divider.

Covering your sliding glass door doesn’t have to be difficult. With a variety of blind and shade options, you can easily tailor the coverings to match your interior decor, as well as the other blinds and shades used throughout your home. With easy installation and affordable pricing, covering your sliding door can be a simple way to transform your space and give your home a whole new look.

Currently rated 0 by 0 people

Tags: N/A
Categories: Vertical Blinds, Home Decor, Decorating Tips, Home Improvement, Sliding Panels
Installation Guide for Your New Blinds
By Payless Decor
10/1/2014 7:43:00 AM  

Installation Guide for Your New Horizontal Blinds

For those looking to revamp their house on a budget, self-installation of new horizontal blinds is not only possible; it’s also simple. Before beginning your DIY project, make sure you have a stepladder, tape measure, pencil, screws, screwdriver or drill, and a level on hand. Then, follow these simple steps:

Before Purchase:

  1. Decide whether you want to mount your new blinds on the inside or outside of the window frame. It’s a matter of personal preference; would you rather the blinds just cover the glass (inside), or extend to the outer edges of the window frame (outside)?
  2. Carefully measure your window/ window frame, depending on your answer to #1. For an outside mount, you should measure to the outside edges of the molding. For both mounts, you’ll want to measure the window both horizontally and vertically in order to determine the length of both the head rail and the blinds themselves. The store will then cut your blinds to size.

After Purchase:

  1. Mark the frame: The end brackets, which should be included in your blinds purchase, will anchor the head rail. Keep in mind that one of the two open-sides of the end brackets should be facing straight out, and the other should be facing toward the center. Mark these placements. Then, keeping in line with these end brackets, pencil in your support bracket placements. These should be evenly spaced along the head rail, and their number is dependent upon the length of your blinds. 
  2. Install the Brackets: Using the marks as your guide, use an electric drill to create holes for exactly where the screws will go. Generally speaking, using a drill bit slightly small than the screws will be most effective. Then, screw one bracket in at a time by hand. Note: it is absolutely essential that the brackets are aligned, or else the blinds will rise and fall unevenly. Use a level to ensure perfect installation.
  3. Install the Head Rail: Consult your individual manual to determine the best way to attach the blinds. In most cases, you will insert each side of the head rail into the end brackets and snap it into place.
  4. Attach the tilt wand and valence: If the blinds have an included decorative valence, attach the valence clips and slide the decorative valence into place. The tilt wand, which is responsible for opening and closing the blind slats, has tiny hooks on one end that will latch onto the head rail.
  5. Adjust the Blinds to Appropriate Length: If your blinds hang too low, it is possible to remove individual slats from the bottom. First, remove the plastic retaining tabs/ plugs from the bottom rail, and then slide out the piece and cut the strings to proper length. Remove the excess slats, and re-knot the cord.

Keep in mind that specific blinds may have installation steps beyond these general tips. Consult your product manual or Payless Décor’s window treatment installation guide for further information. 

Currently rated 0 by 0 people

Tags: N/A
Categories: Blind Installation, Blinds, Home Improvement
Fall Maintenance Checklist
By Julie
9/24/2014 10:28:00 AM  

Fall is here! Get ready for winter's worst and avoid expensive repairs by taking care of your home with this essential fall maintenance checklist:

  • Clean your gutters.
  • Inspect your roof.
  • Seal gaps and cracks around doors and windows.
  • Drain and turn off outdoor water.
  • Store yard equipment and outdoor furniture.
  • Repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
  • Get your furnace serviced.
  • Look up chimney for blockages, check damper is working.
  • Clean dehumidifiers.
  • Perform a home safety check.


Gutters: Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts. It is very important to keep your gutters clean. Your roof's drainage system annually diverts thousands of gallons of water from your house's exterior and foundation walls. Neglected gutters can lead to wood rot problems, water in your basement, pest infestations and are also one of the major causes of ice dams. Also, inspect joints and tighten brackets if necessary. Replace old or damaged gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards to keep debris from returning.


Roof: Inspect your roof from top to bottom for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents. A leaky roof is a costly problem for homeowners and not one you want to discover during a snowstorm. Also, look in your gutters for large accumulations of granules, a sign that your roof is losing its coating. For safety’s sake, have a licensed, certified roofing professional check the condition of your roof.


Doors and Windows: Leaky windows and doors can account for 10% of your heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Weather-stripping is the most cost-effective way to rein in heating and cooling costs year-round. Because weather-stripping can deteriorate over time, it needs to be inspected periodically. Also check for missing and damaged caulk around windows, doors, and entry points for electrical, cable, phone and gas lines. Repair leaks and reduce drafts by replacing old weather-stripping and sealing any gaps with a suitable caulk. Change summer screens to cool weather storm windows and doors. Before storing, clean and repair screens, spray with a protective coating and place in a dry area of the basement or garage. Another way to reduce your utility bills and conserve energy is by installing energy efficient window treatments. Cellular or Honeycomb shades have a unique honeycomb design that traps air and has an insulating effect. 


Outdoor Faucets and Irrigation Systems: Any water left in exterior pipes and faucets can freeze and expand breaking the pipes. Burst pipes are an expensive and messy problem in the winter. Make sure to winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems by draining them and then shutting off water valves in cold weather. Do you know how to locate and turn off the water shut-off valve? If you don't have shut-off valves, and your faucets are not “freezeproof” types, try styrofoam faucet covers sold at local hardware stores and home centers. Don't forget to drain garden hoses and store them inside coiled and flat.


Yard equipment and outdoor furniture: Prepare your yard equipment for storage. This includes draining fuel from from all gas-operated equipment such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and chain saws. To dispose old oil properly, take it to a local service station or recycling center. You can also use a fuel stabilizer in your mower which will keep the gas fresh until spring. Store your lawn equipment indoors if possible. If storing outside, protect equipment with a tarp. If you have extra room in a basement or garage, store your outdoor furniture indoors. If not, you can purchase outdoor furniture covers. Covers protect from the elements, as well as keep off dust, dirt, leaves, animals, and other debris. Make sure to properly clean your furniture before storing or covering it. Shake off or vacuum dirt and leaves from the cushions, use a mild detergent to spot clean, and air-dry thoroughly before storing for the winter.


Walkways and Drives: Inspect and repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps. These can be a hazard year round, but once the weather turns icy a broken step or sidewalk can be much more dangerous. Look for cracks more than 1/8-inch wide, uneven sections, and loose railings on steps. Check for disintegration of asphalt in your driveway. You can clean out and repair any damage with driveway filler, then coat with a commercial sealer. Most do-it-yourselvers can handle small jobs, but save major repairs for professionals.


Furnaces: Have a licensed heating contractor inspect your heating system. Heating systems will use fuel more efficiently, last longer and have fewer problems if properly serviced. Call early to schedule your appointment and beat the cold weather rush. Clean or replace dirty furnace filters once a month. Clogged filters make it harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, and can seriously increase your heating bills.


Chimneys: Even if you use your fireplace only occasionally, you need to check it annually for damage and hazards. Have your chimney cleaned by a licensed and reputable chimney sweep. A clogged chimney poses the risk of a chimney fire, which can be ignited by burning creosote—a combination of wood tar, organic vapors and moisture buildup. Make sure that your damper is working properly by moving it to the open and closed positions. Also check your chimney for damage. Make certain that the flue cap (the screen or baffle covering the top of the chimney) is in place. Inspect brick chimneys for loose or broken joints. If you have glass doors, clean and inspect them for cracks.


Dehumidifiers: Clean the coils of your dehumidifier seasonally and keep them clear of dust and dirt. Don't forget to clean any inside filters. It is important to do so because dirty coils decreases the efficiency of the dehumidifier. Also, dirty coils can get damp and possibly freeze in cold weather resulting in major damage to your dehumidifier. It is not necessary to run your dehumidifier in the winter because they do not function well at lower temperatures and there will be less moisture migrating through the basement floor and walls when the ground is frozen.


Home Safety Check: Keep your family safe with an annual home safety check. Test and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors and keep extra household batteries on hand. These should be located on each floor of the house, covering all sleeping areas. Inspect or install fire extinguishers. Keep one in the kitchen and one on every floor and learn how to use them. Review fire escape plans with all members of your family. Create an escape plan with two exit routes and practice it twice a year (once at night) with the whole family. Make sure that your electrical cords are not frayed or cracked. Clean out your clothes dryer lint filter and venting system. Rid your home of old newspapers and other fire hazards. 


Currently rated 0 by 0 people

Tags: N/A
Categories: Cellular Shades, Home Decor, Home Improvement, Window Treatments
Adding splashes of color to a living space
By Payless Decor
6/24/2014 7:34:00 AM  

There's nothing quite as boring as a room with little color. Even if you want your living space to encompass neutrals with its window treatments and furnishings, a splash of color can do wonders for a room. If you aren't interested in embracing a handful of hues from the rainbow, it's possible to add a hint of color to a space without creating an overwhelming look.

"Color is the most powerful design element," Interior Design Professional Sabrina Soto told SheKnows.com. "Colors add character to your designs. With character comes perception and emotion. Colors set the mood, tone and feel of any space."

Colors in accessories
One of the easiest way to begin incorporating color into your living space is by using it in the accessories throughout your room. This means bringing in colorful window shades, throw pillows and blankets that have a hint of color to create more visual interest. To add further appeal to the area, consider utilizing accessories that have texture as well as color.

Using black
If you're particularly interested in using a bright or bold color in your living space, consider complementing it with black to anchor the entire look. HGTV states that this is an effective way to use color in a room without going overboard. The contrast is eye-catching as well as soothing. The drama of the black can also enhance all of the other hues used throughout the space.

Whether you're interested in adding color to a bedroom or a living room, these tips can help you get off on the right foot. Take the time to narrow down your options prior to choosing one or two hues to use throughout the space. In the end, you'll be happier with the final product.

Color swatches

Currently rated 0 by 0 people

Tags: N/A
Categories: Home Decor, Decorating Tips, Home Improvement, Shades, Roller Shades, How To
Four tips for a cool, comfortable household
By Payless Decor
6/2/2014 12:46:00 PM  

When was the last time you were able to go an entire summer without turning on your air conditioner? Whether you live in a warm region of the country or you experience brutal hot temperatures for three months a year, it can be downright uncomfortable to live without air conditioning. However, there are ways to keep your home cool without increasing your electricity bill. Here are some tips you can take into account to keep from sweating while saving a few bucks and reducing your overall carbon footprint.

1. Use window treatments to your advantage.
Items such as wood blinds and cellular shades are for more than just decoration - these window treatments can make a big difference when it comes to conserving energy. Your blinds, shades and drapes can keep strong sunlight from increasing temperatures in your home throughout the summer.  In the winter, they can insulate your living spaces - it's a win-win situation!

2. Opt for natural ventilation.
Opening your windows and using ceiling or standing fans can have a positive impact on your electricity bill in the middle of the summer. Crack your windows during the early morning hours and at night to allow fresh cool air to flow into your home when the sun isn't shining brightly. Use ceiling fans and standing units to keep it moving during the day, according to Care2.com. While the slight breeze might not be as chilling as air conditioning, it can still keep you comfortable without spiking your utility bills.

3. Know what creates heat.
Yahoo! reports that knowing what's creating heat in your home can give you an edge when it comes to cooling down your living spaces. For example, your desktop computer might be emitting a large amount of heat. Turning it off when it's not in use can make your surroundings cooler and reduce the need to turn on fans.

4. Invest in a dehumidifer.
Good Housekeeping magazine reports that using a dehumidifier may be able to instantly improve your comfort level in your home. Approximately 50 percent of homes have an unhealthy level of humidity in their living areas. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it might encourage you to turn on your air conditioner prematurely. Invest in a dehumidifier before a large air conditioning unit to help you improve your air quality and sleep with less worries.

Finally, if you don't have central A/C, but the temps are unbearable Lifehacker has a few ideas on projects that can generate some cool air: http://lifehacker.com/no-central-ac-no-problem-six-ways-to-keep-your-home-c-729713655

Currently rated 0 by 0 people

Tags: N/A
Categories: Cellular Shades, Home Decor, Blinds, Home Improvement
Beat the heat with insulated windows
By Payless Decor
6/2/2014 12:42:00 PM  

Windows act as a source of heat in addition to being a factor in draftiness. Insulating is just as important in the summer as in the winter, and there are some ways to cut costs when doing so. Here are some tips for keeping your home cool in the warmer months. 

Use cellular shades 
Custom window treatments that fully cover your window are typically more efficient than using curtains that let the sun in at places. Cellular shades help to trap the heat between layers of material, which keeps it out of the room. If you have a south-facing window that gets a lot of sunlight, try using a blackout shade when you're not in the room to keep the sun from heating it up. You can also layer drapes over shades to keep your room even cooler. 

Cover your windows
In order to keep your room from getting too hot while still letting some light in, cover your windows with reflective film. It's an inexpensive project you can complete yourself, and makes all the difference when paired with the proper window treatments. Once you apply the film, it can be easily removed with no damage to the window. 

Seal leaks
Plugging up gaps in and around your windows and doors is particularly helpful when it's chilly out, but it is also advantageous when trying to beat the heat indoors. You can seal leaks in your windows by identifying all of the areas that are letting hot air indoors and applying caulk or foam weather stripping to the leaks. Do not apply the adhesives to parts of the casing that facilitate traction, however, as this could interfere with proper opening and closing.

Currently rated 0 by 0 people

Tags: N/A
Categories: Cellular Shades, Home Improvement, Window Treatments
Include comments
Cleaning (4)
Rugs (5)
Wood Blinds (10)
Home Decor (98)
Drapery (24)
Roman Shades (12)
Blackout Shades (6)
pleated shades (2)
cordless shades (10)
Vertical Blinds (4)
Window Treatments (22)
Roller Shades (9)
Sliding Panels (5)
Cellular Shades (25)
Shutters (1)
Home Improvement (57)
Online Blinds Retailing (9)
Window Curtains (7)
Shades (53)
Bamboo Blinds (29)
cordless blinds (7)
Faux Wood Blinds (7)
Decorating Tips (115)
Bamboo Shades (40)
Solar Shades (4)
Bamboo Sliding Panels (6)
Blinds (47)
How To (15)
Fabric Vertical Blinds (4)
Blind Installation (16)
Recent Posts
Warm Up Your Home with Autumn Colors
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
Redecorate your space with orange
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
Dorm Decorating Ideas
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
Ways to go green in older homes
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
Tips for keeping cool on summer's hottest days
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
Get Your Home Ready for BBQ Season
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
Tips for a nature-inspired patio
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
5 Tips for Bringing Window Coverings Outdoors
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
Turn Your Home into a Summer Destination
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
How to Decorate with Florals
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
Recent Comments
Simple Curtain Hacks for Special Spaces (1)
Jackie Magee wrote: Ordered the Valances for my faux wood blinds and I... [More]
How To Attach a Fauxwood Valance Clip (1)
Katie wrote: Thank you for showing how the clips attach to the ... [More]
Accent Your Window Treatments with Drapes! (1)
Karen Collins wrote: Can't wait to place my first order!... [More]
Cordless Blinds and Cordless Shades for Children's rooms (1)
Yakira wrote: I purchased the blackout cordless cellular shades ... [More]
Our New Advantage Plus Cordless Roman Shades: "First of it's kind!" (1)
Peter Brown wrote: Great post about this new roman shades. This will ... [More]
 October (1)
 September (2)
 July (1)
 June (1)
 May (2)
 April (4)
 March (3)
 February (5)
 January (4)
 December (3)
 November (2)
 October (5)
 September (3)
 August (4)
 June (3)
 May (1)
 April (2)
 March (2)
 February (1)
Blog Roll
Living with Lindsay
SAS Interiors
Southern Hospitality Blog
Payless Decor
Copyright 2015 PaylessDecor All Rights Reserved.