Using Cellular Shades to Insulate Your Windows
The incoming winds and cold, dew-dropped mornings tell us one thing:
WINTER IS COMING.
One of the best ways to optimize the energy-efficiency in your home is to cover your windows. This will help to reduce your heating bills while keeping your home feeling stylish and cozy. One of the best types of shades to retain heat in the home are top down bottom up cellular shades, otherwise known as top down bottom up shades.
How Do They Work?
Cellular shades also called honeycomb blinds make use of honeycomb packets, which work to block out the cold by trapping heat and regulating temperatures inside. Cellular shades can either be found in single or double cell varieties, and sometimes in triple cell, though triple cell is far heavier. We recommend going with a nice double cell cellular shade, as it will provide you with proper insulation while retaining a sleek design. Of course, there are a few other things you should consider when looking for cellular shades for your home as well.
Cellular Shade Considerations
When looking to increase the energy efficiency in your home, you want shades that can shield cold air from getting inside your home. The ability of a shade to insulate your home is the R-value. To have the best insulation possible, you want the highest R-value. A good R-value to look for runs anywhere from 4.55 to 4.76.
The other thing to consider is the SHGC (Solar Heat Gain Efficiency), which measures the amount of solar energy that gets into your home. This number is a bit trickier to understand, as it sits between 0 and 1. If you live in cold climates are looking to keep your home as warm as possible during the winter, you’ll want to get cellular shades with a high SHGC. A high SHGC means that the energy of the sun can be used to heat your home.
In this case, you’ll want to look for an SHGC number that is between 0.15 and 0.19.
On the other hand, if you live in warmer climates, you’ll want to reduce any unwanted heat buildup.
In this case, you’ll want to look for an SHGC number that is between 0.12 and 0.10.
It is best to try and balance both of these numbers to find the most optimal efficiency. Without getting too deep into the tech side of cellular shades, you should know that cellular shade can help to reduce heat transfer by up to 22%, which is pretty impressive if you are serious about energy-efficiency.
Why Buy Cellular Shades?
Cellular shades have earned quite an incredible reputation for their customization qualities and sleek, modern look. They come in soft or vibrant colors, and are perfect for just about any part of the home.
Here at Affordable Blinds, we have a large selection of top-notch cellular shades for incredibly low prices. We hope that you can find the shades that are perfect for your home to help create a pleasant and energy-efficient space!