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Using Cellular Shades to Cut Down on Your Summer Electric Bill

Cellular, or honeycomb shades, combine the same technology that you find in double pane glass to help keep outside air from flowing into your home, and conditioned air from flowing out.  This is done using the unique pockets created by the style of the shade.  Those pockets trap air inside, giving you the versatility of a shade with the insulation power of a pane of glass.

Try a cellular shade backed by two great names,  Good Housekeeping and Select Blinds .

Try a cellular shade backed by two great names, Good Housekeeping and Select Blinds.

The insulating blanket that is achieved with cellular shades can help a room maintain its heat in the winter and keep it cooler in the summer time.  Yet they are still attractive additions to a room and can add texture and style to any window they adorn.  They function in exactly the same way as normal shades do, allowing you to roll them up or keep them down to make adjustments in lighting and privacy.

Cellular shades come in a variety of colors and styles to enhance the décor of a space.  You can also add a room darkening fabric easily to cellular shades making them ideal for bedrooms.  With a blackout cellular shade, any room is transformed into a space that invites you to close your eyes and sleep in complete darkness. 

You can also add the popular top down bottom feature with cellular shades easily.  This allows you more control over privacy and lighting by letting you open the shade from the top and leaving the bottom half of the window covered.  For windows on ground floors, this is a great way to let the sun in, while still maintaining your privacy.  If there are young children in your home, you can even go cordless with cellular shades.  This feature is not only safer for children, it gives your windows a cleaner look.

When it comes down to energy efficiency, the type of cellular shade you choose will be very important.  The larger the individual cells are, the larger the pleat will be, making the shade resemble a more traditional one.  Smaller pleats give the window a more modern look, plus do a better job of trapping air since the pleats are placed so closely together. 

You also have the option of single cell or double cell shades.  Single cell shades will give you a better distribution of light, but the extra fabric on the double cell shade will give you the maximum energy efficiency, and can even help in reducing the amount of noise entering a room.  A nice feature for bedrooms that face a busy street.

With the assortment of colors and styles available, it is easy to incorporate cellular shades into your home.  You can choose those that best complement your personal style, while at the same time affording you added insulation.  That additional layer of insulation over the window  will help to keep conditioned air inside your home giving you a lower electric bill during the summer.

Insulated Panels Make Energy Efficient Window Treatments

Certain types of screens and window treatments can help with improving the energy efficiency of your home. Knowing how to make the most of your window treatments so that they not only look beautiful but also provide a useful function will not only save you money but make you more comfortable and add plenty of beauty to your home.

Some screens can also help to provide some insulation from the heat and cold. Mesh screens that are mounted outside of the windows will help to reflect a great deal of the sun’s rays, keeping the home cooler. Many homeowners choose to install these on the windows that face east or west, because these are the directions from which many of the strongest rays will come from.

When you use insulated panels along with mesh screens and even a roof overhang for southern facing windows, you can truly maximize the energy conservation and not only save money but be extremely comfortable in your home. Sealing the insulated panels to the walls will serve as extra insulation and keep even more of the heat and cold from coming in and out when it is unwanted. Sealing the window treatment panels to the wall is as simple as using Velcro or magnetic tape and takes only minutes to install.

The main factors to take into consideration for using insulated panels are the climate in which you live, the latitude (because the intensity of the sun will vary accordingly), the rating of the insulated window treatment panels, and the size and type of the window that you are intending to protect.

Insulated panels can be draperies, shades, blinds or virtually any type of window treatment, and if you poke around enough at your home improvement store, you will likely find exactly what you are looking for, or at least be able to special order it if they do not stock the particular item that you need.

In colder climates, using storm windows in addition to insulated panels will definitely give you the heat conservation that you will want, so this should be another consideration for those windows in which storm windows are possible.