ORANGE, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 1, 2012) - Does the glare from your window block out your TV screen? Don't ever miss another touchdown in the last seconds of the game again. The days are slowly growing shorter, the hot weather is beginning to climb down from its summer peak, and fall sports and television programs are gearing up for their seasonal debuts. You might want to address your TV viewing situation before the NFL gets too deep in the season and you realize that you have glare attacking your TV from every angle!
As you prepare for your exciting fall sports and television programs, consider giving your football game-watching lair a facelift so you can hang out in style and watch the game from anywhere in the room. A simple solution to optimizing this year's football season at home is to block out the glare. Don't look any further than the experts at Budget Blinds to be your partner in light control. No matter what kind of atmosphere you are attempting to create with your theme, one choice remains constant -- picking the right window coverings for the type of TV you plan to use. Do you plan on keeping the room dark for viewing pleasure, or do you prefer the natural light from the sun? This short checklist will help you decide on what type of TV and window treatments you need depending on your television viewing tastes.
Guys who are lucky enough to have a man cave or hangout area might want to consider a fun sports fan theme or a sophisticated leather furnished theme. For the sports bar look that you and all of your friends can enjoy, your first priority is to find window treatments that will reduce the glare on your television. Use graphic shades with your team's mascot or logo on them, so when you draw them down for optimal viewing they will create another decoration of your favorite squad. The graphic shades are a roller shade that will help to filter light. Use these with a LED or LCD TV.
For a luxurious leather look, try using wood blinds or shutters to match the rich color of your leather furniture. The addition of drapery panels or curtains will also help to shut out the light completely whenever you wish. These treatments make the room much darker by blocking out light, plasma TVs would be right at home in this set up. For sophisticated décor in this style room try putting up some photos of you and the guys out golfing, signed sports memorabilia, a small humidor with a collection of cigars, or a poker table.
Budget Blinds top light filtering window treatments:
- Cellular Shades
- Great option for saving money on energy costs.
- These shades are built to insulate heat in the winter and keep it out in the summer.
- Cellular shades create a soft glow of light that has been filtered through the honeycomb construction and reduces glare significantly.
- Roller Shades
- Very easy to use, simply pull down to desired location on window for maximum light blockage.
- They can be printed with images of your favorite sports teams, players, logos, mottos, or anything else you can think of!
- Roller shades can be made from materials that filter light and also materials that block it out completely.
- Automation or motorization is simple to install for roller shades and makes operation as easy as the touch of a button.
- Motorized Blinds
- Live the life of luxury with motorized blinds that can be controlled from a wall switch or remote.
- Adjust blinds as the hours stretch on and the sun shifts position in the sky without having to move all over your home to do so.
- Eliminate pull cords that can be a hassle to you and a danger to your children and pets.
Don't forget to make sure you have the right TV. Here are some things to consider:
You should purchase a plasma TV if you:
- Like vivid, warm colors and deep blacks.
- Or your friends will not be sitting directly in front of the screen.
- Want the clearest movements possible for sports, movies or video games.
Window coverings for plasma TVs
- Use window coverings that block out the light rather than filter it.
- Shutters with louvered panels can angle out the light creating a darker atmosphere.
- Blinds used in combination with curtains or drapes create an optimal viewing room for any plasma TV.
You should purchase an LCD or LED TV if you:
- Want a light, ultra-thin TV. LCD TVs, especially LED-backlit models, tend to be thinner than most plasma televisions.
- Do a lot of daytime viewing in a room with windows lacking in darkening treatments. A LCD's bright picture will look better in bright light; some LCD screens also resist glare.
- Need low power consumption. LCD TVs are usually more energy efficient than plasma models with the same screen size. LED TVs are much more energy efficient than both.
- If you need a screen smaller than 42" or larger than 65", LCD is your only flat-panel TV option.
Window coverings for LCD and LED TVs
- Use window treatments with light filtering properties
- Cellular shades are a great option for LCD and LED TV viewing because they allow natural light to enter, but cut back on the glare.
- Different types of roller and solar shades can also help to filter light.
- To get the best of both worlds, try Signature Murano fabric blinds that can filter light, but also open up to resemble traditional blinds.
The type of TV you choose is crucial, but if your room is detached from the house you have other factors to consider before coming to a final decision on window coverings. Heating and cooling a detached unit can be an expensive prospect and decorations don't mean anything if your room is too hot or cold to be comfortable in. Take heating and cooling into account before moving on to the décor of your space.
Appliances that produce hot or chill air are typically the most expensive appliances.
- A space heater may take 1,500 watts per hour.
- If the heater is run for an estimated four hours per day, that's 6,000 watts per day and 180,000 watts in a 30-day month.
- One hundred eighty kilowatt hours multiplied by heating costs comes out to approximately $11 per month just in heating.
- Air conditioning also uses a considerable amount of energy.
- A standard single room air conditioner costs seven to twelve cents per hour to operate.
- Running it for eight hours per day will cost approximately $24.40 per month at $.10 per kilowatt hour.
To save on heating and cooling costs you could install snug-fitting energy efficient window coverings that will solve your glare problem and help with your energy costs to boot. Adding solar shades to your windows will help keep heat out during the hot summer and fall months when football starts, but will also help keep the heat in during the last part of the season in the cold winter months. Keep this in mind when coming to a final decision on the perfect window coverings that will allow the amount of light you want but also help with energy efficiency.
Once you have dealt with the necessities of your TV and your temperature control, it's time to get to the fun part of decorating your room with all of the final touches!
Give your living room or man cave a makeover. Upgrade your furnishings and décor for premium viewing and ultimate comfort. Fall television programming is gearing up for season premieres; will your area be ready for them?
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Budget Blinds®, a Home Franchise Concepts, Inc. ® brand, is a custom window coverings franchise that offers convenient shop-at-home service for window coverings and home décor accessories.