Window treatment always presents a problem when you first move into a new home. You either have no window treatment at all or what was left behind is not to your liking. The former owners of our home left behind vertical blinds in the kitchen, office and games room. There were mini blinds in the master bedroom and two lower level bedrooms, and sheers on the Great Room window. There were no window treatments on the two half circle windows or one bedroom. All window treatment left was at best suitable for a bit of privacy until replacing.
We chose Eclipse 2 1/2 - inch ultra satin with gears in cotton (white). We had them professionally installed. They transformed the room with the clean, crisp lines. More importantly we quickly realized these shutters were quite energy efficient. There are ten sections on the window pictured. Each can be controlled individually giving a lot more options than other types of window treatment.
Overall, I am very pleased with our California shutters. Not only do they look good while saving on heating and cooling costs, they have increased the value of our house! We have one on order to be installed in the soon-to-be completed home gym and we plan on installing California shutters in the three upper level bedrooms. When all is said and done we will have invested about $8,500 in shutters for all but the patio door and pantry window, all professionally installed. Now, that sounds like a lot of money and it is but consider that these blinds will be saving us money year round in both heating and cooling costs AND they have already increased the value of our house. If we average an energy savings of $30 per month, the payback period is 283 months or 23 years, not exactly good but better than no payback. However, the payback period will actually be less than that given the ever rising cost of heating and cooling. If we were to sell in the near future, we should recoup the entire amount of the shutters according to the realtor we spoke to. She said the shutters should also help our house sell quicker. I say 'should' because there are never any guarantees with real estate. As long as we own the house, the California shutters will make our experience more enjoyable. In short, the California shutters are more of an investment that started paying off as soon as they were installed!