February 08, 2024

Which Insulating Window Shades Work the Best

Traditionally, homeowners have expected their window treatments to perform three important jobs: control natural light, provide privacy on demand, and enhance indoor beauty. But can window treatments help you save on your heating and cooling costs?
Today, there many window shades that offer excellent control over the amount of heat that escapes and, even though it’s hard to imagine right now, controls the heat that enters your home. In fact, investing in energy-efficient window treatments is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint and potentially enjoy lower heating and cooling bills. Below are some of the best window shades when it comes to indoor heat control. 
Cellular Shades
The most insulating shades on the market are cellular shades. They’re available in a variety of styles, from traditional honeycomb to cellular shades that combine the look of Roman shades or roller shades.
Duette® Honeycomb Shades are the original cellular shades, featuring a unique honeycomb construction that traps air in distinct pockets for an extra layer of insulation at the window. These window treatments also filter light beautifully and are available in a wide selection of fabrics and colors, including room-darkening opacities. Duette shades are also available with cordless control options, making them a safer choice for homes with children. 
For even better insulation, you could opt for a honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb construction found in Duette Architella shades. This honeycomb design has more layers of fabric and insulating air pockets, which makes it even more energy efficient than the single honeycomb construction.
Roller Shades

Sonnette® Cellular Roller Shades combine the insulating construction of a cellular shade with the clean lines and simplicity of a roller shade. Their cleverly curved shape gently softens light for a beautiful glow while providing energy efficiency at the window. Choose from over 50 fabrics and colors, ranging from versatile neutrals to vibrant hues, as well as semi-opaque and room-darkening opacities and cordless controls.

Drapery & Roman Shades

The energy efficiency of curtains and drapes depends on a number of factors, including the tightness of the fabric weave and the color. Studies show that medium-colored drapes with lining can reduce heat transfer by up to 33%.  The insulating value of drapes can vary widely depending on the color and type of fabric that’s selected. The Department of Energy cites studies that show some medium-colored drapes can cut heat loss during the winter by 10% or more and will reduce heat gain by about 33% during the warm months. It’s important to be strategic about using curtains for heat control. For example, in the wintertime, you should keep all drapes closed at night to prevent indoor heat from escaping. Moreover, all drapes should be hung as close to the window as possible.

If you really want to maximize the insulating benefits of their window treatments, there’s no better option than motorized blinds and shades. Today’s options include high-tech automation systems that will allow you to program your window shades to rise and fall at certain times of the day. This innovation allows your shades to help maintain indoor temperature control by blocking solar heat during the warm afternoon hours.

With PowerView® Automation, you can conveniently raise and lower your shades with a button press, tap on a mobile device, or even with your voice.  Schedule PowerView shades to move automatically, at certain times of the day, to the exact position you desire. Being able to schedule your shades to move automatically means they’ll be in the best positions to block heat loss when the weather’s cold or keep out harsh rays when it’s hot.

Make the Efficient Choice—Turn to Hirshfield’s!

Hirshfield’s is here to help.  No matter what your priorities are, Hirshfield’s team of window treatment professionals will use their many years of design expertise to help you select the ideal custom solutions for your home.  We will bring our collection of blinds, shades and fabrics to you!  Feel and touch the most current and trend setting samples  available and see how they look in your space – in your light. 



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