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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.

Take Safety Into Consideration When Choosing Window Treatments for Kids’ Rooms

Although the options are pretty much limitless in terms of color and style when it comes to choosing window treatments for your kids’ rooms, you have to be aware of some basic safety issues that can arise surrounding window treatments.

First, you need to make sure that there are no hanging cords on blinds or shades in a child’s room. Hanging cords can be a serious strangulation hazard, and many children die each year after becoming entangled in the cords. Instead of corded blinds and shades, opt for the cordless versions, or even the motorized versions, these are going to be much safer to use in a child’s room.

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Second, you need to make sure that the blinds and window treatments cannot be pulled down onto a child. Not only could the child be injured when the rods or valances fall onto them, they could potentially suffocate if they should become trapped in the billowy fabric of draperies. Instead of using long, flowing draperies in your child’s room, opt for more simple valances that are custom decorated, or blinds that are going to be contained within the frame of the window and less likely to be pulled down onto the child.

Third, it is important that window treatments are not too close to the sleeping area, such as the bed or crib of a child. Children are naturally curious and likely to grab onto anything that they are able to reach, so keeping all window treatments out of reach, especially from their bed because they are generally unsupervised while sleeping and early from awakening, is important.

Finally, make sure that there are not any accessories that could pose a choking or poison hazard. Small beads used as accessories or accents may be inadvertently swallowed, or could cause choking in a young child.

For a child’s bedroom, it is usually best to keep the window treatments simple and safe. There are still plenty of options to choose from to make the child’s space special and unique, but safety should always come first when choosing the window treatment and other decorations. Some of the safest options would include cordless mini blinds, cordless Roman shades, or even motorized wooden blinds. These will bring the least amount of danger into a space that needs to be ultra safe. Keep any small objects or accessories well out of reach, and the child will be much safer. Window treatments can still be used to enhance the décor wonderfully, while still meeting the basic, yet very important, safety standards that any parent would want to adhere to.