California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment on the state’s desert areas shows the Sonoran and Mojave deserts temperatures are rising. If heat-trapping emissions continue daily temperatures could hit 96 degrees for the desert and 103 degrees in Palm Springs.

About 30% of a home’s heating energy is lost through windows, and about 76% of sunlight enters the home and becomes heat. Window coverings are instrumental in helping keep the hot sun out and the air-conditioned air in. Let’s take a look at what window treatment styles are available so you can choose the perfect window treatments for your home.

Window Treatment Styles

When you reside in a desert climate, you battle cooler temperatures at night and excessive heat during the day. The following window treatment options will help you save money on energy bills and keep your home comfortable.

Honeycomb Shades

Honeycomb shades are made from a fabric that forms honeycomb cells. The honeycomb cross-sections act as insulators, increasing the R-value. R-value is a measure of how well a two-dimensional barrier resists the flow of heat.

Insulated cellular shades are considered to have the highest R-value of all window coverings. This type of window treatment can reduce unwanted heat through windows by up to 80%.


Indoor shutters are an attractive and effective window treatment for reducing solar heat gain into your home. Shutters are child-safe because there are no cords used in operating the shutter and the easy-to-clean slats make them a perfect application over kitchen sinks. Closing the shutter slats will block direct sunlight, reducing heat.

Roller Shades

Roller shades are made of fabric and come in a variety of fabrics. They unroll from a tube at the top of the window. The most common type operates on a spring roller so there are no dangling cords, making them child-safe.

Because they are made of solid material roller shades are an effective way of blocking out sunlight. This is especially true if the blinds are made from room-darkening fabric.

Screen Shades

Screen shades prevent the sun’s UV rays from entering your home, which can fade your floor and furnishings. Screen shades by Hunter Douglas allow you to see outside while providing UV protection.

There is a unique selection of fabrics and a variety of designs and textures for screen shades. The designer screen fabrics block between 86% and 99% of the sun’s rays.

Schedule a Virtual Window Treatment Consultation

Now is the perfect time to improve the energy efficiency of your home with new window treatment styles. Paper Dolls Interiors specializes in Hunter Douglas window fashions and is an elite Centurion Club Hunter Douglas Dealer.

Paper Doll Interiors is offering virtual consultations via FaceTime, Google Duo, and Zoom Video. Contact us at (760) 565-5689 to schedule your virtual consultation today.