Do you have a nice cold draft at this time of year with the window or windows in your office? Or how about summer where heat just comes raging in and you cannot seem to cool it down with even the best air conditioning unit? What does one do?
We always hear commercials from mattress companies who say that you spend about a third of your life sleeping. Well, what percent of your life is spent working? I know you really don’t want to think about this because you will become violently ill. But, in reality, many of work and by gosh, we better make sure it is as comfortable as possible. The cold or hot air coming through windows in an office is a big part of being comfortable.
So, what should one put in the office window?
The biggest selling product we have in today’s world is the screen shade. The screen shade is absolutely fantastic. There are varying degrees of openness ranging anywhere from 1-15%. The openness factor is one that allows a person to see out while still having privacy and utilizing a covering to control energy. Companies such as Mecho, Springs, and Draper are some of the more predominant names in the commercial window covering industry.
If you walk into a Panera Bread Company, take a look at the screen shades they use. This is exactly what we are talking about. The fabrics come in various colors…we see a lot of white, off white, gray and black screen shades. What is really great about the screen shade is that it can be covered at the top with what is called a fascia or a head box. These coverings simply cover the roll up at the top, but it is not necessary to have if you do not want one. However, most of the time one or another are used.
Do you have to use a screen shade for energy? The answer is that anything you put over a window will help with energy efficiency. Its like having layers of clothes. A layer of clothes adds protection and warmth. Window coverings are no different. But, a sweater is going to keep one warmer than a short sleeve shirt. Thus, on a window covering, a traditional mini blind may be used or even a 2 inch wood or faux wood blind. They will give energy protection too, but you also need to think about the “look” in the office.
I was in a friend’s office in Clayton on Forsythe on the 18th floor recently. His office looked to the East directly at the arch..what a view!!! The screen shade with an openness factor was not only the best choice for energy, but the “look” was perfect. If he had a mini blind, it would have been like trying to marry an apple and an orange.
Hire a professional company to measure, design and install your window treatments. If you take pride in your office and basically “live” there a lot too, don’t skimp out!!