Cellular shades offer an extra insulated barrier to your home
You may not think that shades or blinds offer any insulating qualities to help protect your home from the heat or cold. However, some shades – especially cellular shades – can greatly help to insulate a home where energy escapes through windows and doors. You may not believe it, but this insulating effect means huge energy saving benefits and a comfortable home year-round.
What are cellular shades?
Although other types of shades offer some level of insulation to your windows and doors, cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, are always going to be your best insulators. This goes for any time of year, whether during the cold winter or the hot summer. Unlike types of window coverings, like solar shades, cellular shades offer total privacy so that your neighbors may not see into your home.
Cellular shades, and any given insulating type of window covering, are given ratings, otherwise referred to as an “R-Value”, which determines the materials resistance to heat flow and how well the material resists heat gain or loss. The higher the R-Value, the better qualities of insulation a particular shade has.
Did you know?
Did you know that windows and doors are one of the greatest sources of wasted energy in your home? Especially during the winter, heat wants to escape through the parts of your home that offer the least amount of barrier, which would be your windows and doors. Cellular shades help to trap that energy and air between it’s honeycomb fabric, effectively halting airflow between the interior of your home and the glass of the window. This barrier helps to save you money on heating costs.
Cellular shades come in a variety of different materials and are built using a single cell construction, double cell construction or even triple cell construction. The majority of recommendations we give in Colorado are single cell cellular shades, but double cell construction definitely offers more advanced insulation.
These shades come in a variety of contemporary styles and have top-down/bottom-up options, cordless and can always be paired with a motorized device for home automation.
To help protect your home, especially in the winter months, rely upon Galaxy Window Coverings to specially install and service cellular shades for your home or office. Contact us today!