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Cellulars 101

Honey comb shades, also known as cellular shades, are a very popular window covering across the country. You’ve probably heard about them at this point but if you haven’t or maybe just want to know a little bit more, this is the place to learn all there is to know about them.
This type of shade is constructed with “honey comb” shaped cells which consist of a single or double layered design. This unique design is made to trap air in between the layers of fabric to provide excellent insulation properties. This intricate design allows you to provide your home with a high level of energy efficiency. This of course means that these shades can keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, saving you money on your electric bills. Due to the construction of these shades, if you live near a busy highway or have noisy neighbors, cellular shades may help to deflect some of that sound as well.
Depending on your needs and budget, there are a variety of thickness and styles of shades to choose from. If you are looking for a sure fire way to block out the sunlight in your bedroom, you will want to go with a blackout cellular opposed to a light filtering cellular which will allow light to filter through the fabric. There are also sheer options which will allow a lot of light and even a degree of visibility through the shade. Of course, there is always the option of making your cellular shade a Day/Night shade which can allow 2 types of fabrics onto ONE shade; creating the ability to be light filtering AND blackout.
Another great reason and perk of cellular shades are the mechanism options; you really have so many options to choose from – regular, cordless, top-down-bottom-up, motorized and as we mentioned previously, Day/Night shades. Cordless and motorized are great options for those families with small children.
When it comes to cellular shades, you can trust Blinds To Go to provide you with a wonderful and affordable selection. OH! and did we mention the lifetime warranty on the mechanism?
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Cellular, Cellular, Cellular

Cellular, Cellular, Cellular
 This is Probably just an opinion, but cellulars are the best! Cellular, honeycomb, accordion: whatever you want to call them, they are the best insulators. Regardless of the decor, cellular shades can offer it. You have the potion to customize each room and treat them with their own unique color, or design. You can mix and match between light filtering or blackout, and still from the outside of your home each and every room will look uniform. Cellulars have a white back no matter what. With cellulars you can choose the option between standard with a cord or you can do cordless. There is also a function called top down-bottom up. This allows you to lower the shade from the top, head rail, while still having your privacy from the bottom half of the window. This function is offered either with or without a cord. The larger the pleat the more insulating. The shade that Blinds To Go offers can come as wide as a 3/4 pleat. This helps regulate the light filtering material 5-9% where the
blackout 3/4 pleat regulate around 7-10%. It all depends on your windows, heating company, and location. People often get confused and think getting a double-cell is more insulation but it isn’t. a double cell is two rows of cells instead of just getting one row of cells. A double cell shade actually reverses the insulation factor. a two rows of cells add an extra air pocket, allowing the air to flow in both directions. The object of the cells is to trap the air. You just have to be careful with the material in the bathrooms or over the kitchen sink, due to the insulation, it can trap the moisture and it can potentially mold over time. other than that con. cellular shades are the greatest. the most versatile shade. the most color options and function options.
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Heat’s Here

Heat’s Here
By Karen E.
Around this time of year we get a lot of customers coming in realizing how much light and heat is coming in through their windows.  The sun is pleasant during the other three months, until you realize how much harder your air conditioner is working, and how much higher your first electricity bill comes in. The good thing is, there are a lot of options that can help you to insulate the windows while allowing the sun (we waited a long winter for the sun this year).

While any treatment you add to your window will help to cut down some of the sunlight, and keep out the intense glare, there is one option that is superior to all of the others – cellular shades.  Reason being, is they are specifically designed to insulate your windows! The cellular shades are made of a polyester material, and is two layers of material bonded together to form a pocket of air.  They are often referred to as “honeycomb” shades because the structure looks like a honeycomb if you look at it from the side.  Because of the structure the pocket of air serves as a barrier for the hot and cold air – which helps significantly with the air conditioning bills (it won’t hurt in the winter with the heating bills either).

The other great thing about cellular shades is that they come in a ton of colors and styles – they can be light filtering for your common rooms – or blackout for your bedrooms.  They also come in a few patterns and textures if there is an area of the house you are looking to dress up a little more formally.  The shades can be ordered with many options as well depending on your needs.  You can order it cordless for easier use and child safety, it can be order with a top down bottom up feature – that allows you to cover the bottom half of your window for privacy but still let in the natural light, and with a continuous cord loop that makes large windows easier to open and close.

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Spring Update

Spring Update

After the winter comes to an end, it’s time to freshen up.   A lot of the preparations for winter are to make your room feel warmer, close off the windows, and keep the heat in.  In the process, you generally block off a lot of the light and make the room feel more like a cave.  Once the sun finally starts to shine, it’s time to open the windows and enjoy the light!

Although it’s an investment, sometimes rather than turning to curtains from just a decor perspective, you can purchase new blinds that not only give you a new look, but give you function as well.  The most popular option is our cellular shades, customized with a top down bottom up option.  The good part of the shades is that they are designed for insulation.  Not only will the help once the hot days of summer rolls around and you turn on the air conditioning, but next winter they will help to keep the heat in as well.  Cellular shades are two or three layers of fabric, put together in the shape of a honeycomb, creating an air pocket, and a barrier for the heat and cold in the room. They can be customized further to have cords, come without cords (aesthetically pleasing and child safe), and can have a feature where they lower from the top, as well as raise from the bottom (in case you are close to the street or have nosy neighbors). They also come in a variety of colors – if you are daring you can go with a more bold color – or can play it safe with a neutral (because, again they are more of an investment, you don’t want to get tired of them!).

The best part is, with privacy, and insulation, they still let natural light filter in, so it leaves the room feel open and airy!

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In the Heat of Night

In the Heat of the Night
 By Ashley H.
…more like in the heat of the day! As summer approaches, and the winter season is in our rearview mirror, many are faced with new temperature challenges. Yay! We got rid of the cold and frigid temperatures, but bring on the stale and dry heat. Summertime to many people is just as bad as winter. You have to deal with rising temperatures and humidity that takes your breath and energy away. Spring cleaning comes into effect big time because many people believe that if they throw out their old clutter, their house will cool down. This is some truth to this statement; but the key factor in determining how much heat and sunlight flows through your house is window treatments. What do you have on your windows to block the sun?
Cellular and sunweave shades are becoming more popular as the spring/summer seasons continue to heat up. This is mainly in part to their amazing sun blockage feature. Both shades cut down on sunlight and have the ability to cool down any room by blocking hard UV rays. These eco-friendly shades are going to run higher than your average blinds, but you will see a tremendous difference in your cooling bill. If your house isn’t overheated, your air condition unit won’t overwork its self. Cellular or honeycomb shades come in light filtering and blackout options. These shades will give full privacy and will need to be lifted in order to gaze outside. Not matter what color you select for the front, the back will come in white. This will help the shade absorb the sunlight and prevent heat from filtering in. Sunweaves are commonly referred to as solar shades. They are made with an intricate weave material that will be sheer. The are going to be the best blocker for sunlight. They are not fully private, so you may not want to put them in bedrooms or bathrooms, where privacy is key.
These two types of shades are going to be an investment. But with spring time in full bloom, heat should be your main focus, along with cutting down on your bills. If your going to raid through your house and spring clean, why not spring clean your wallet and reduce some money allocated to bills?!
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Cold and Drafty

By: Karen

It’s winter. Again. Which means its time to get out the heavy blankets, wool coats, and warm sweaters. It’s time to change the curtains out from the delicate sheers, and replace them with the heavy drapes. The sweaters and jackets, I can deal with. Really because there is no other option. But taking those drapes out again, got me to thinking, what else can I do with these windows??

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Bigger vs Smaller

By:   AnnaKay

We bought a house about a year ago that has a good size sunroom.  The sunroom is in the front of the house.  It gets really hot in the summer, and really drafty in the winter.  My husband and I like to spend time in the sun room,  mostly in the morning to drink our coffee and sometimes at night.  I’d heard about the cellular shades that are supposed to insulate by keeping the room warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.  So I started researching, because I only wanted to do this once and I wanted to make sure that I was getting the best product that would help me with this issue.

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