Tired of your energy bills climbing as the days get warmer? An influx of sunlight can heat up a home and send you running to the thermostat. Before you adjust your AC, consider installing some blinds on your windows. One of the best options available is cellular honeycomb shades. These shades are known for their very distinctive accordion shape and come in a variety of pleat sizes, colors, and fabrics. On top of looking good, cellular honeycomb shades can save you some serious cash.
While you might fortify other parts of your home from the outside elements, windows can come as an afterthought. However, this can cost you. Windows are actually one of the most significant sources of air leaks in a space. Heat gain or heat loss by way of untreated windows can be responsible for 25%–30% of your heating and cooling use.
Here’s how cellular honeycomb shades can add extra insulation and ultimately contribute to a lower bill at the end of the month:
- Design. Cellular honeycomb shades, as their name implies, are made up of honeycomb-shaped cells. These cells hold pockets of air that act as insulation between the window and the temperature of a living space. More air pockets equal more insulation, and depending on how much insulation your windows need, you may need to opt for shades with additional pockets. If you want to make your window treatments as energy-efficient as possible with this type of shade, a double cell will get you there.
- Opacity. Opacity refers to how much light is able to pass through a material. Sheer fabric allows a lot of sunlight to enter the home, which might be what you’re looking for. On the flip side, if you need something that will dampen rays of harsh light, you might go for an opaque option. Blackout, of course, offers the most dramatic darkening effect. Opacity can help keep your rooms cool and protected from heat gain from the sun and lowering the need to jack up the AC.
If you’re interested in making your home more energy efficient with cellular honeycomb shades, don’t hesitate to contact us today for more information.