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Summertime Here! Don’t Sweat It; Wood Blinds will Save You!

By Darius J.

Summertime can be fun but also be very hot, yikes! If you’re trying to cool down the indoor patio a great way to do so would be to add wood blinds. Wood blinds help to keep the room cool, as well as complement any décor that you have. Once you find your feng shui, your new wood blinds will fall into its rightful place.

On the same side of this equation adding natural wood blinds will bring nature to your home instantly. With different finishes such as golden oak, walnut and maple, along with other selections will add style and color; while the wood blinds insulation technology helps to keep heat out. Amazing right! Hey don’t worry when it start to get a little breezy out the insulation in the wood blinds work its magic again, and will help to keep the porch cozy and warm.

That’s the beauty of nature, the benefits of wood blinds are great; and the best part is that you will see that regardless of the decor in your home. Wood blinds will bring log cabin inspiration to reality, and all you need is a little imagination to make it happen. 

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Summertime Window Solutions

By Gina G.

Summer is here with its longer days and brighter sunshine.  Although enjoyable, these seasonal weather changes can bring spikes in cooling costs.  If you have windows to cover this summer, here’s the top choices that will help against the rise in temperatures:

Cellular Shades – As their structure is designed to insulate windows, cellular shades are the primary choice for many seeking to keep the summer heat at bay.  Cellular, or honeycomb, shades come in a variety of colors and are offered with control options too (cordless, top down/bottom up, motorized).  And, depending on the levels of sun and heat the space experiences, you can opt for either a light filtering or black out cellular shade.  Light filtering would suffice for low to medium sun exposure or areas where natural light is beneficial.  Blackout cellular shades are great options where the sun and its effects are intolerable.

Blackout Curtains – Blackout curtains are great summer window treatments because they are functional but not permanent.  As they have a black out liner on them, blackout curtains will do wonders to keeping the heat from entering a space.  But also keep in mind that they will also darken the space significantly.  The best thing about blackout curtains, however, is that they are panels and therefore not fixed like a blind or shade.  When the space is hot and you want to keep it cool, draw the curtains.  Other times when insulation is not so important, keep the panels open.  And, blackout curtains are offered in such a wide variety of styles and prints, you don’t have to sacrifice décor to achieve your insulation needs.

Bamboo Shades – Bamboo shades combine both function and design for the summertime.  Functionally, bamboo shades are natural insulators since they are usually comprised of wood.  In addition, due to their sheerness in absence of a liner, most people opt to put a liner on their bamboo shades.  This liner, whether light filtering/privacy liner or a black out liner, will perform similar to that of the blackout curtains.  It should dramatically reduce the amount of sunlight (and its effects) to a space.  Design-wise, bamboo shades with their composition of woods, chutes and grasses are certainly trending as a great way to bring the natural environment into the home.

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COOLER NIGHTS

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Unfortunately, at this point in the year, most of us have had to turn on the heat. It’s always a reminder of the window that is a little too drafty, or the door that isn’t sealed as well as it should be – and makes us start considering the cold months that lie ahead of us. With the holidays ahead, it is also a time we do not want to start too many new projects. The good thing is, covering your windows is a fairly simple process that can solve a lot of your heat issues fairly quickly.

The best option for keeping the cool air out of your house is a hard window treatment – something that lies closest to your window opening. Rollers and roman shades will provide a barrier to the outdoors, but ultimately cellular shades are the go to product if you are looking to insulate the windows.

The greatest thing about the cellular shades are all of the options. They are available from the most basic, white fabric, that raise up and down with a string, to the most complex shades that you can operate from your couch with a touch of a remote control. But, let me back up in case you are not familiar with them. Cellular shades are a polyester shade, comprised of two layers of material that create an air pocket – therefore keeping out the cold air in the winter – and have the reverse effect of keeping in the air conditioning in the summer.

The shades are available in a wide variety of colors, and patterns. They can be made sheer – to still give the feeling of an open room, light filtering – private but let light into the room, or darkening – for those of you that enjoy sleeping in on the weekends or an occasional afternoon nap. They can be made as simple as pulling a string to raise them, or without cords that can just be pushed up or down. They also have a feature where they can both raise from the bottom and lower from the top – if you need some privacy in a nosy neighborhood. And the newest feature, is that they can be motorized – and operate from a remote control. The great part about all of these options is that you are open to matching the décor of any room in your home, and to fit the project into any budget as well.

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Baby It’s Cold Outside

During these cold New England months, you truly learn how insulating your windows are, or lack there of. It’s one thing to crank the air conditioner in the summer and still not notice how much of that air is escaping out your windows. But when it is below zero and the draft is pouring in, you feel it. At Blinds To Go we like to give that added insulation, because any bit will help. Our cellular shades are the best insulators. If you like having the option of tilting we carry faux wood blinds as well. Faux wood is not as insulation as a cellulars but with the think two inch PVC slates, it does provide a little extra insulation. A big difference between the two is that cellulars are a shade, so it only goes up or down. The faux woods are considered a blind so it can tilt open and shut as well as go up and down. Therefor you can maintain your privacy and still keeping the insulation factor. Cellulars can offer a top-down-bottom-up feature. That way you can still keep you privacy but let some natural light in from the top. Even though every style is not insulating there are many different things you can try to get more out of your windows. Growing up my mother used to saran wrap our windows to stop the draft. With the saran wrap there was no limit to the style options because it eliminates the draft all together.

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Skylights

By: Karen E.

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The skylights that bring in warmth through the cooler days in the fall and winter, and look pretty through the spring, tend to become a source of heat once summer comes around.  Suddenly instead of helping, it is heating up the room, and making the air conditioner work even harder.  The other effect, which might not be noticeable at first, is that the sunlight can also very quickly fade your furniture and fabrics.

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Cellular Shades

By: Karen E.

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As the summer begins, the heat comes with it.  Now the windows that you enjoyed being open for the view, are a source of sunlight pouring in, heating up your already sweltering home.  Most of the time the thermal curtains that customers had up during the winter have already been taken down and stored away, and they realize they need a solution to keep out the heat.  Although any window covering would really be a solution to keeping out the heat, the best one would be cellular shades.

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Start Enjoying the Pros

By: Tiffany P.

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In summer, temperatures can become record breaking high very easily from causing you to feel unbearably hot to forcing you to crank up the A/C and fans, therefore, costing you more money pertaining to your electric bills. Now skylights, even though they are beautiful windows that provide the utmost privacy without any kind of window treatment at all, can cause the same issues with the sun beating on the glass. The amount of sunlight that can come through these kind of windows (depending if it receives direct sunlight can be overwhelming, creating it to be uncomfortable and overbearing for anyone to endure. A room, no matter which, should not be described in this way, and if you would use these words I think it is time to do something about that skylight.

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Insulating Woods

By: Tiffany P.

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Summer being the hottest season we have, insulation is just as important now as it was for our long, freezing and exhausting winter. Having a window treatment with good insulation will ultimately save you money since there will be no need to have the air conditioning constantly running. With great insulation comes with a decrease in your electric bill.

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Where is the Shade? 



By: Ashley H.

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The summer months are very popular for many people. It’s the time when you can kick off the snow boots, shred those chunky sweaters off your back, and slip into a simple dress or some shorts and step out with flip-flops. At this time of year, we trade the dull and cold air with warmer temperatures and smoother living. But even with this being said, sometimes it can get too hot and that is when the uncomfortable feeling and hatred towards summer comes in. In homes, many people still have their curtains and drapes up because they block a good amount of light, but now is the time to shed those old hot looking window treatments for a sleek and cooler option.

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