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Honeycomb Shades to Beat the Heat..and Save Your Wallet!

Honeycomb shades provide the best of form and function. With the current heatwave , your wallet and electric bill will thank you for using honeycomb shades in your windows.

Last week I wrote about protecting your furnishings from the sun's harmful UV rays with window film and trilight shades.  This week's blog is about protecting your wallet from the current heatwave.  Specifically, let's talk insulation and energy savings.  As I write this at 9:50 p.m. my air conditioner is running, running and running.  And the electric meter is spinning, spinning and spinning, creating an electric bill that I won't want to see at the end of the month. 

A product with great insulating qualities for heatwaves (and/or sub-zero temperatures in the winter - even though we don't want to think about that right now) is the honeycomb shade, also known as a cellular shade.  It comes in single, double and triple cells.  The air inside your home is trapped inside each cell creating a nice insulation barrier for your windows.  It keeps the cold air in and the hot air out, with the converse being true in the winter.  Room darkening cells (typically used in bedrooms) are lined with foil as an additional barrier for insulation.

Typical cell sizes are:  3/8” Single Cell,1/2” Single Cell, ¾” Single Cell, 3/8” Double Cell, Triple Cell, 1 ¼” Cell.  In viewing the picture you will see that the more cells, the better the insulation or "R-Value."  A window-shade's R-Value is defined as "it's ability to resist heat-flow."  The higher the R-Value the better insulation provided. Cellular shades are one of the best products you can put in your windows if you need insulation.

Beyond the energy efficiency they also look nice!  Honeycomb shades come in many shapes and sizes:  Vertical formats for sliding glass doors, Operable fan-folds or horizontal top-down operable cellulars for arches.  There's also circles,  and specialty shapes available.  Cellular shades work well in large bay windows.  They can be mounted inside each frame of glass where you might want to preserve the look of the molding, and have the flexibility to raise the inside panels and leave the outer panels closed.  Or you can have one long shade to be raised or lowered on the face of the bay window.

Honeycomb shades provide the best of form and function.  With the current heatwave (or substitute below-zero temperatures in the winter), your wallet and electric bill will thank you for using honeycomb shades in your windows.

 

 

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jason freedim December 14, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Honeycomb Shades have always seemed to help out with the warmth in a room. Where did you get yours? I got mine on BlindsChalet.com for a good deal. Here is the link if you want to check them out. They have great information about the value of these shades too. http://www.blindschalet.com/window-shades/cellshades.html
Laurie Mongillo December 14, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Thanks for your comment. I am a franchise owner of a Budget Blinds of Enfield. We serve North Central CT and Western MA. The difference between us and the on-line stores is that we expertly measure, install and our warrantees are excellent. You are also able to see the product in your home, match to your decor and check it out in your windows before you buy. Please see our website if you'd like to learn more. www.budgetblinds.com/enfield or give me a call at 860.265.3900

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