When you are looking for new window treatments, you probably want options that are visually appealing, functional, and safe. One factor you shouldn’t overlook is the energy efficiency of a particular window treatment. If you are concerned with conserving energy, or if you just want to save money on your energy bills, cellular shades may be a good option for you.
Cellular shades (also called honeycomb shades) are made of a layered piece of fabric that creates small cells or air pockets. From the side, these cells look like a honeycomb. The shades save energy in a couple of ways:
- Insulation – The construction of cellular shades makes for an excellent insulator. The cells trap air, so the shades actually control the temperature indoors. The shades help to keep a room cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This saves energy that your cooling or heating system would have expended, which also saves you money in the long run.
- Light filtering – One advantage of cellular shades is that you can choose a fabric that is sheer enough to let in natural light but not so sheer that people can see right through it. A light filtering fabric allows you to keep your privacy during the day without sacrificing the natural daylight that windows provide. As a result, there is no need to use artificial lighting indoors during the day, and you end up saving electricity.
At Ashtons Blinds, we have a great selection of cellular shades. Contact us today to learn more about our cellular shades or to schedule your free in-home consultation.