How Our Insulating Cellular Shades Size Up Against Other Window Treatments

With winter weather approaching rapidly, our phones have been ringing off the hook! Most of our customers have the same question in mind:

“Can you tell me more about the insulating properties of your EcoSmart cellular window shades?”


When there is nothing on your windows and they are bare, blinds certainly add value in the form of insulation. But you might be curious to see how our cellular shades compare against other window treatments like mini blinds and window quilts.

For starters, let’s go over the proven savings that our insulating cellular window shades provide our customers.

25% or more of your costs can be lost when air leaks through your bare windows or skylights. If you pay $1500 for heating over the course of a few months, you could be wasting $375 on heating your home! Think about this, with that $375, you could buy three 36”x 54” double cell light filtering shades and still have a few bucks left over! This also doesn’t account for the cooling costs in the summer that our shades help out with; the savings will be even more!

When you treat your open windows and skylights with insulating cellular shades, you control the drafts and you’ll feel a consistent temperature. You’ll hear your heating and cooling system turn on less when our shades are on your window treatments.

EcoSmart Shades insulate your home in three different ways:

  • Convection
  • Radiation
  • Conduction

To see how our cellular shades insulate, check out our R-Value page. Our most insulating shade, our double cell blackout shades, have an R-Value in the 6.5 range when equipped with energy saving sidetracks with a double pane window. Below, we’ve listed some of our competitor’s window treatments with their R-Value on a double pane window.

The R-Value of Other Window Treatments

  • 1-inch mini blinds have an R-Value of 2.3
  • CrystalPleat™ Facets, an R-Value of 3.3
  • Window Quilts, an R-Value of 3.6 – 5.6
  • Applause™ or Duette™ Classic, an R-Value of 3.5
  • Vertical blinds have an R-Value of 2.3

R-Value measures the thermal resistance.  The higher this number is, the more effective the window treatment is at insulating. Our shades clearly beat out our competitors, and in addition to being insulating, our shades are durable and long-lasting. To learn more about our window treatments, contact us today!


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