Cool Window Shades

When it’s hot outside, there’s nothing like walking into a cool room. Each year around June, we start to hear from customers in the South who are experiencing a significant amount of heat inside their home.

Many of these customers have just moved in their new house, or are renting a brand new apartment. They usually think their windows and skylights are amazing features, until they realize that they can turn their home into a greenhouse. In warm months, windows let the heat in, but they don’t allow it to escape.

We have a Solution for this Issue - Cellular Shades!

Cellular and honeycomb fabric are proven when it comes to reducing solar gain. In some instances, they can almost completely eliminate it.

Our window and skylight shades are available both in blackout and light filtering options. Both of these fabric options are white to the exterior, this means they don’t attract heat. On the inside, you can pick whatever color you want.

  • Light filtering fabrics are perfect for rooms where you want to trim the heat and prevent UV damage, but allow some light in. You don’t have to have a dark room to keep it cool!
  • Blackout shades block 99% of the light and incoming heat to the room. To get an understanding how well they perform, check out the photos below

How to Block Heat from Windows

When it’s cold, we talk about the convection current from cold weather. To stop this from affecting your home, the shade sits on the window to keep cold air from entering from the outside.

Because heat rises, it’s best to open the shade from the bottom to prevent solar gain. That’s if you plan on opening the shade at all! The best way to keep heat from entering the home is to keep the shade closed altogether.

If you decide to add sidetracks to your shade, it will:

  • Increase the overall efficiency of the shade by bridging any leftover gaps.
  • Block more light as long as black out fabrics are used.
  • Block more heat from entering the room from your shade’s sides.

How to Block Heat from Skylights

Once you pull down your skylight shade, you will feel less heat right away. Many people prefer light filtering fabric because they still let natural light into the room, but our symphony light filtering shades block heat and UV rays. If you happen to have a skylight in the bedroom, we recommend you choosing a black out fabric to keep it dark and filter out the heat.