|Cellular Shades make your room more comfortable and cut cooling costs!
There is nothing quite like walking into a cool room on a hot day.
|What our customers say:
“… There has been a significant decrease in heat loss in the winter and the home’s ability to maintain a livable temperature in the summer. Our house is draft free except when I'm talking. Here in northern Nevada we have 100-degree summers and 10-degree winters. Temperature changes frequently range 20 to 60 degrees. We have frequent winds varying from light breezes to winds in excess of 60 mph.
The ComforTrack Plus system is very effective in keeping out unwanted breezes. If you do want some fresh air; just raise the shade and the window. A bonus here is that they are fairly easy to install. I, Mr. Unhandy was able to install 10 shades in a little over 3 hours. They are a great investment.”
John A. in Nevada
|“I know you folks are freezing over there at the moment but I have to tell you it is 96 here today & tomorrow will be 98. I ordered your blinds with the idea of keeping out the extreme summer heat we experience from time to time. So far it is working a treat.” Adrian in Australia
Every year around March, we start receiving calls from customers in the South and Southwest who are just “frying” in their homes. Many have just moved to a new house or are renting a new apartment and they thought the windows & skylights were such a great feature, at first! Windows and skylights can make your home feel like a greenhouse, allowing heat in, but not allowing it to escape.
Do you start your air conditioner early in the morning and run it all day?
Windows amplify the sun and make your Air Conditioner work that much harder. Skylights allow in even more direct sunlight, which can really heat up a room, not to mention the toll the sun takes on your furnishings, carpet, and your skin!
We have a solution! Cellular shades!
Cellular fabrics have been proven to reduce solar gain and in some cases almost completely eliminate it.
Window and skylight shades are available in both Light Filtering and Black Out fabrics.
Both fabrics are white to the exterior, which gives a uniform appearance and does not attract heat. You can choose whatever color you like on the inside.
- Light Filtering cellular fabrics are ideal for rooms where you want to cut the heat, but still allow in some light. You no longer have to have a dark room to have a cool room.
- Black Out cellular fabrics block out 99% of light and reflect heat keeping it out of the room. To really understand how much the Black Out shades block light, check out the photos below:
Heat from Windows
We often talk about convection current and in cold weather, where you’d want the shade to sit on the window sill to keep the cold air from entering the room at the bottom of the window.
Since heat rises, in hot weather it is best to open the shade from the bottom for the least amount of heat and solar gain. That is if you want to open the shade at all! Keeping the shade closed altogether is best.
Adding sidetracks to your shade will:
- Increase the efficiency of the shade (bridge the gaps).
- Block out more heat from entering the room from the sides of your shade.
- Block more light when paired with Black Out fabrics.
This photo shows a blackout shade with sidetracks, but light filtering shades can have sidetracks as well.
Let’s imagine that the light on either side of the shade is actually heat (which technically
it is). As you can see, the tracks eliminate the gaps on the sides of the shade, keeping the room that much cooler in the summer.
Heat from Skylights
When you close your skylight shade you will immediately feel less heat. Many people prefer the light filtering fabrics because they can still appreciate the benefits of the skylight (daylight in the room), while the shade blocks the UV rays and heat from entering the room. If the skylight is in the bedroom, choose black out fabric to darken the room and keep out the heat.
What about other geographic areas?
Here in the Northeast, we may not feel scorching heat for months on end, but shades are still quite beneficial in the summer. Last year was my first year with cellular shades in my home. Spells of 90-plus degree weather occur infrequently in Vermont. Closing the shades on the south and west sides of the house, where solar gain occurs most, improved the interior temperature so much I only had to run the Air Conditioner for 2 days.