If you decided to embrace the trend of cellular shades, you are making an excellent decision. The stylish design, color variety and gentle light filtration are sure to make any room in your home the envy of the neighborhood. However, the true value of cellular shades are the way to reduce energy costs by filtering light and drafts while keeping UV rays out. Cellular shades are named for the tubular honeycomb shaped cells which create a pocket of air for insulation. Most cellular shades are made with a single layer of connected cells. With the growing demand for energy efficiency, a double layer of connected cells improve upon the already superior insulating and protective qualities of single cell shades.
If you are especially concerned with the energy efficiency of your home, the double cell shades are the way to go. The double layer cells provide an extra air pocket of insulation to keep warm air in and cold air out in the winter, and cool air in and warm air out in the summer. The cells also keep air from circulating through drafty spots around windows.
Solar Heat Gain
If you haven’t yet made the switch to energy efficient window blinds or shades in your home, you may be creating a greenhouse effect inside your home. Also called solar heat gain, the sun streams through the windows unobstructed and raises the temperature inside your home. Double cell shades help to more effectively filter out this radiating heat and light and keep the inside temperature in check.
Single cell shades and double cell shades are equally effective at completely blocking out ultraviolet light. The specially designed non-woven polyester fabrics absorb ultraviolet frequencies, which can damage skin as well as degrade pigments in furniture, painting, textiles, walls and other objects in your home. While most window glass has some UV protection, cellular shades (both single cell and double cell shades) filter out 99% of ultraviolet light.
Single cell pleats are available in a variety of sizes from 3/8″ to 3/4″ and larger. The variety in pleat sizes allows you to select the best pleat for the scale of your window and room. Larger pleats scale better to large rooms and windows and add a more dramatic feel to your windows. Smaller pleats don’t overwhelm small windows or spaces. Double cellular shades are typically available only in smaller pleat sizes such as 3/8″ or 1/2″.
Cellular blinds are available in vertical varieties for patio doors or large windows and special blinds made for skylights and other hard to reach windows. Adding a remote control system to your shades also makes it easier than ever to control your indoor environment.