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.Â 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.Â 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.Â They are often referred to as “honeycomb” shades because the structure looks like a honeycomb if you look at it from the side.Â 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.Â 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.Â The shades can be ordered with many options as well depending on your needs.Â 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.Continue Reading
After the winter comes to an end, it’s time to freshen up.Â Â A lot of the preparations for winter are to make your room feel warmer, close off the windows, and keep the heat in.Â In the process, you generally block off a lot of the light and make the room feel more like a cave.Â 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.Â The most popular option is our cellular shades, customized with a top down bottom up option.Â The good part of the shades is that they are designed for insulation.Â 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.Â 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!Continue Reading
By: Gloria H.
When it comes to cellular shades one question that I get a lot from new and returning customers is how do you keep them clean?Â Lots of times you may feel as if they are really hard to keep clean.Â So I’m going to go over some helpful tips to keep your cellular shades looking brand new for years to come.ÂContinue Reading
Itâ€™s winter. Again. Which means its time to get out the heavy blankets, wool coats, and warm sweaters. Itâ€™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??Continue Reading
By:Â Â AnnaKay
We bought a house about a year ago that has a good size sunroom.Â The sunroom is in the front of the house.Â It gets really hot in the summer, and really drafty in the winter.Â My husband and I like to spend time in the sun room,Â mostly in the morning to drink our coffee and sometimes at night.Â 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.Â 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.Continue Reading