How easy is to install CWS shades?

People ask us ALL the time: How easy is it to install our shades?

Well, we CAN tell you that it couldn’t be much simpler.

We could EXPLAIN that with a couple of simple tools and our first-rate instructions, you’ll have your shades up and operating perfectly in no time.

But wouldn’t you rather SEE how easy it is for somebody JUST LIKE YOU to install brand new CWS shades from beginning to end?

We thought so, too! Without further ado, let’s let Greg in SUNNY Florida take it from here…

Greg and his wife just moved into a home that came with 15+ year old mini-blinds. Not energy efficient! Their master bedroom faces East…and they both said it’s like an oven at 9 am!  YUCK!

With our guidance, they ordered 5 Double-Cell BlackOut, Smoothy Shades and documented the whole installation process for us.

How AWESOME are they!

First they took down their blinds, and opened their shipment, so everyone can see how well they are packed.
09sm 10sm

“You guys even packed them according to size. I didn’t expect that, but much appreciated.”
11sm

Being in the industry, we know shade lingo like the back of our hand. That being said, it might not be so clear to the ‘average’ Gregs out there. But he reassured us “Your instructions are clear. Made sense to me.”

His wife even shot short videos for us!
(Jo told us that the AC runs all-year round, actually. “It’s Florida, it’s always HOT!” )


Greg chose to mount his blackout shades on the outside of his window sills.


WOO HOO! Greg likes our screws.

They are nice and long, and super durable, if we do say so ourselves.

GOOD tip, Greg!

You don’t want to tighten the screws TOO much.

Second bracket is in place, now to install the shade!

It’s a*SNAP*


“Hey it even looks like a ‘P’. I bet that’s how it got it’s name.


If you’re wondering, yes, Greg is in sales. I think we should hire him!



Tah DAH!

Great job, Greg!


Another awesome tip, Greg!

Our blackout fabric, in particular does have a “GREAT” fabric memory. So, as he shows in this clip, just give it a little tug.


His eyebrows say it all, don’t they?! HAHA!

He saved the largest shade for last, in their bay window.


We cannot thank our awesome customers enough for taking the time to show others how our shades are installed. You ROCK!!!

“We can already FEEL the difference with the shades lowered. We’re not baking!”, said Jo.

So… are you ready to be the next Greg (well, except for the whole being filmed part)? Great! All you need to do to get started is hop on over to CWS and order yourself some new shades!

Outdated windows? Big surprise for YOU!

Let’s talk money savings. Oh and ENERGY savings. And environmental conservation!

Outdated windows are costing you SERIOUS mon-ahhhhhy! And replacing those bad-money-energy-sucking vacuums is EXPENSIVE!

Replacing windows in an average 3 bedroom home with 10 windows can cost from $3,500 to $7,500.

The cost of window replacement for 10 vinyl windows is an average of $15,955.
The cost of 10 replacement wood windows would be around $19,39.

UGH! I dunno about you, but I need to sit down for a minute…pheeeewww….

THIS is what cellular shades will do for you and your home:

    • Cut utility costs
    • Put $100s every year back in your wallet
    • (That’s not all, but we’ll talk about all the other bennies in another blog)

37782172_1840124806295440_8209598470386876416_n

Our shades will actually pay you back (unlike your teenager). HOW? You ask? They are SO energy efficient!!

Ok, talking averages here, it costs about $1,300 to heat an American home each year. Personally, my monthly propane bill was $220….add that up! $2640 a YEAR!! Whhhhhhhhhhaaaa? Insanity.

That dough is going out THE window!giphy

Every cellular shade that leaves our facility is laden with insulating cells that insulate the window to reduce energy consumption during Summer, Winter, and every month in between.

Marc Rosenbaum - insulating window shade 1-main-700x523

Our shades have a payback period of roughly 5 yrs –they pay YOU BACK! <–read that again, and out loud!

Do you know who is working WAY TOO HARD? Our air conditioners and heating systems.

broken-1294723_960_720tiredzipguygif

Soooo…let’s give them and us a break. Reduce your energy usage, increase your money savings, make your home an insulating powerhouse and become more eco-friendly with cellular window shades

Truth.

You win more money in your pocket. Your house reduces it’s energy usage. The world wins.

Now let’s CONSERVE SOME ENERGY!

How to Spring Clean Your Cellular Shades

Springtime is almost here, and with the daffodils and robins also comes open windows and a spring cleaning frenzy to breathe new life into our closed up homes. Make sure your window shades are looking bright and fresh to match. All of our fabric is naturally anti-static and dust repellent, so you may never actually need to clean them. But if you do, here are our simple steps to clean Symphony brand honeycomb shades:
(more…)

Ode to Cellular Shades – A Love Ballad

There Was a Time My Windows Were Bare

There was a time my windows were bare,
Glass eyes on the walls, with a cold, blank stare.
I could view my lawn, my neighborhood too,
But it was clear there was something I needed to do.

Through the panes my heat so quickly did seep.
As winter drew on, I shivered in my sleep.
My wallet ran dry, my savings were killed –
Poor insulation claimed my utility bills.
(more…)

Honeycomb Shades for Doors

This time of year, folks notice the drafts seeping in from their sliding doors, French doors, or any other sort of door largely comprised of glass. Most double pane glass has an R-Value of 1.8 – compare to cardboard with an R-value of 3.

The solution? Insulating cellular shades! They look great, and they make an enormous difference in room temperature as well as energy saved. There are just two things to consider: mounting location and any obstructions, like handles or door frames.

Mounting Options For Each Type of Door

French Doors are rather versatile when it comes to choosing where you’d like to hang your shades. For a tidy look, hang a shade on each door, a couple inches above the glass. This way, you can open and close the door even if the shade is lowered. Or use one big shade to cover the whole opening, if that floats your boat!Cellular shades for french doors
(more…)

What is “R-Value”?

Lots of people call in and ask about what the R-Value is of our shades. R-Value is defined as: “the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power.”

Our shades have different R-Values depending on the type of shade and how many panes of glass the window has. Sidetracks increase the insulating power as well.   Below is a list of our shades and how they compare to each other:

Compare R-Value by Fabric Type Shade Only Single Pane (+1) Double Pane (+1.8) Triple Pane (+3.5)
Double Cell Light Filtering 2.8 3.8 4.6 6.3
Double Cell Light Filtering With Tracks 3.3 4.3 5.1 6.8
Double Cell Black Out 4.0 5.0 5.8 7.5
Double Cell Black Out With Tracks 4.7 5.7 6.5 8.2
Single Cell Light Filtering 1.6 2.6 3.4 5.1
Single Cell Black Out 2.5 3.5 4.3 6

 

double-cell-top-down-bottom-up-light-filtering-shadesdouble-cell-cordless-light-filtering-shades

 

A hand-made gift from a customer!

A gift from a customer!
A gift from a customer!

One of our customers, Keith, from Firehouse Gallery & Pottery in Texas, made us this amazing ceramic vase with our Logo! We aren’t sure what we will use it for, but Erin and Emily in Web, along with others in the building are admiring his amazing talent! In a digital era, we truly value the interpersonal connection we get with our customers, and receiving this made our week!

From all of us at CellularWindowShades.com, have a great rest of summer, and check our our insulating shades for the cooler months!

Meet the team behind Cellular Window Shades!

President - Kelly
President – Kelly

CellularWindowShades.com isn’t a super sized industrial building where people don’t know each other. Many of our team members are native Vermonters or have lived in this state for years. We are a family-owned company, which started with a man named Gordon, and with the help of his family, he developed great shade designs and has served others locally and internationally for years!

His daughter Kelly is the president and she is backed by a bunch of great team members. Let’s meet a few of them:

Brian is the Vice president and he works on production efficiency and making the company run smoother! Whether it’s big orders for a school, or helping train new staff, he jumps in where he can help, which is a lot of places!

Erin and Emily work on the Web Team, helping assist you with your calls, emails and orders! They love to reach out and be of genuine assistance. Erin is from Connecticut and Emily is from Vermont! There are several other members working on the team in production, but they are busy, hard at work! As always, have a great day and thank you for your business!

 

 

Child Safety With Cellular Shades

child-safety-wide-header

Child Safety is important to anyone who lives with or cares for a small child. Too many reports show children getting caught up in strings and cords, with unfortunate consequences. Our Standard shades come with equalizer boxes, or cord connectors: different names – same purpose! These handy little boxes, which look more like maracas, connect cord ends and come apart with slight pressure.
Maybe you have a rascal of a cat who loves to jump around and get hung up in the cords? Well her fun will soon be over because it doesn’t take a ton of pressure to detach. We also offer cord cleats which allow you to wrap your cords in a figure 8 pattern, to help keep them secure on the wall. Even if cords aren’t your worry, or even what you fancy, we have plenty of other options to choose from. Smoothy Cord loops have a rope-look and Cordless shades have no cords!

double-cell-standard-light-filtering-shades
Another advantage of our cellular shades is the design of the actual shade. It is a solid finish, with no gaps and spaces. Blinds for instance, open up to let the light in, through horizontal panels, but those gaps are another hazard for a child. Not to mention, blinds are often hard to the touch made of aluminum which can cause more pain to anyone or any animal getting caught between the panels.
Our cellular shades are some of the safest shades by our standards. If secured properly, and using the best cord feature for your needs, you can be sure to have a pleasant experience for everyone in the family.

Taking Color Risks With Cellular Shades!

Sometimes customers want a specific color, and we do not carry it. Although it can be frustrating, we feel with a little planning, the right look can be achieved. There once was a customer who really wanted a grey blackout shade color for a bedroom window to match other window treatments in their bedroom. I suggested an accent shade color, one that would bring out colors in the room décor, whether it was a color in the comforter or decorative pillow, to tie it all together. Do all shades have to match at all times?

top-down-bottom-up-double-cell-light-filtering-shades (1)Don’t forget, Top Down Bottom Up shades give a different look than Standard Shades. Letting in light from both ends versus just the bottom can make for a different experience. Is the view all clouds or all grass? Colors are processed by how our eyes and brain perceive light. Light filtering shades will make a room’s ambiance more luminous, where black out shades, even if lowered to let light in, will take on a different look and feel. There are lots of factors to consider when planning a room.

Shades don’t have to be uniform. They can be diverse, vibrant, or take on new design characteristics. Look around at the paint colors, the natural lighting versus the artificial lighting. Is this room for entertaining, a baby to sleep, or for watching TV? Sometimes the mood of a room can set the stage for company, or for your everyday atmosphere. Thinking outside the “frame” can open your view to other possibilities you never thought possible. Be subtle or bold – the choice is yours!

graber-window-treatments-productid-gcs0804_rn120511ca

If  you are interested in getting color samples, check out our color options today – you get up to 10 samples!   http://cellularwindowshades.com/order-free-samples/27-order-free-samples.html