If you’re in the process of picking new cellular window treatments, you have a lot of options to pick from. There are many different customizations you can make for your shades. Pick between numerous lift options, fabric types, colors, cell sizes among other options. Today, we want to help provide you with some clarity to one of these choices, cell sizes.
Cellular shades with honeycombs that are less than 3/8” are classified as “small cell shades.” Shades with small cells are typically very flexible, and give the end user excellent insulating properties. The small cells allow the treatments to have multiple cells, our double cell shades feature honeycombs are 3/8” and the multiple cells help enhance the R-Value of your windows.
If you’re a recent graduate, or a young professional, moving into your first apartment is a pretty big deal. When you have a tight budget, there’s going to be some important decisions to make. You might not be living in this space for more than a few years; however, it’s important that it feels cozy and warm during this time.
A good way to start off is with a set of the window treatments. Believe it or not, this is one of the more important items for your home. They’ll help you keep your privacy, and believe it or not, they help cut down on your utility bills throughout the year.
How is this?
If you decide to purchase cellular window treatments, like the ones we provide our customers here at EcoSmart Shades, they act as a barrier between your windows and the outside. When it’s cold outside, you’ll see savings on your energy bills because of their excellent insulating properties. If it’s warm outside, these shades will reduce the workload of your air conditioning, keeping the cool air from escaping your home.
It’s always fun to look back through the years and note how things have changed. We chuckle at now outrageous hair and clothing styles; we wonder how we possibly survived without modern amenities like a GPS in your phone, or without a phone at all! This fast and vast rate of change carries over to home improvement as well. Read on to see what we think the future holds for insulating cell shades.
1. Online Shopping – Top Seller for Cellular
Studies show that online sales increase by 11% each year. Now, more than ever, online shopping is easier, quicker, and more hassle-free, making it in many ways preferable to buying in-store. This is promising for the cellular window shade industry, and especially for us, since we are entirely web-based. When you shop online, you can order samples, find all the information you need for measuring and installation, and best of all, your order is shipped right to you.
Online orders usually mean you can install the shades yourself, which translates to savings since you don’t have to work with a designer or installer. Ease of access, ease of assembly and usage, and reduced fees are what will make the internet the primary platform for cellular shade shopping.
We’re willing to bet you’ve been told at some point or another that you must wear a hat in cold weather because your body heat rises and escapes out of your head. While this may or may not be a scientific fact – it actually is a fact that if you have uncovered skylights, heat is going to seep right through them all winter long. Don’t let your home go without a hat – insulate your skylights and enjoy the energy savings!
This month, check your window treatments for child-safety features, or lack thereof. October is National Window Cord Safety Month, sponsored by The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) alongside the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Now is the time to install child-safe window treatments in your home, or bring your older, less safe treatments, up to speed!
Homes with children, and pets, should be equipped with only cordless shades, as they are the only truly child-safe type option. Most corded shades (ours included) come with child-safety features such as breakaway cords and tensioners, but the fact remains, and cord is a hazard. According to the CPSC, window treatments and coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in homes in America. Instances of strangulation and death have occurred. Many of these deaths were from older products that lacked proper safety devices, and fortunately, this day in age these accidents are highly preventable.
“Window cord strangulations are one of the top hidden hazards in the home,” says U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “CPSC recommends that only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords be used in homes with young children. They are available today in the marketplace and will prevent window blind strangulations. Make sure all window shades, blinds and draperies in your home do not have cords that are within the reach of a child.”
Ordering new cellular window shades is fun but it can be a bit overwhelming at the same time. There are so many different colors, fabric types and different lift options that you can pick from. It’s important that you pick the right shade configuration; you want your home to be warm and inviting.
Here at EcoSmart Shades, we understand that you’re going to have many decisions during the purchasing process. To help you eliminate error during the purchasing process, we recommend that all of our customers order free samples to see what our fabrics feel like and look like prior to your order.
Pick up to 10 samples, then go ahead and hold up the samples to the light to see how they filter out light or block it. You can also see how the colors mesh with your interior, often times your monitor might not do a particular color “justice,” so seeing it in person is best.
A lot of times when we talk to our customers online, they refer to our window shades as “blinds.” Sometimes they even ask if there’s a difference between the two. While we understand what they mean, shades and blinds are very different; both have their own unique characteristics!
The energy you use to heat your home always seems to be trying to escape. Even the slightest inefficiencies means escaping energy, which can cost tons of money as time goes on. By addressing the five following energy-escape-routes, you’ll save money and increase your overall energy efficiency.
- Poorly-Sealed Windows and Doors
If you’re in the process of incorporating motorized shades in your home, you’re in the right place! These are one of our favorite window treatments at EcoSmart Shades; they provide the end customer with a ton of convenience and are the first steps that you take when it comes to modernizing your home.
Motorized Shades Add a Ton of Convenience
If you own a business or run an office, finding the right window treatments for your work area can seem like a big decision. A lot of things need to be considered when purchasing your window treatments. First off, you want these treatments to give off a positive first impression to potential clients. You also need to think about the functionality of these shades and how they will impact the work place.
Take a look at these five important attributes that you should consider when you purchase window treatments for your commercial space: