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Trends in Technology for Windows and Shades

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Lutron Shades

Technology is growing by leaps in bounds in all areas of industry, and that includes the new technology being developed for the window and shading industry.  That iPhone you are holding isn’t just for Facebook chatting anymore – with a few more apps you can control most of the electronics in your home, and that includes the beautiful Lutron shades you have been looking to install.

People may have a tendency to think about lighting in terms of actual light fixtures, but the sun and moon provide the most natural light for our homes and offices, and electronic control systems allow us to easily regulate that light no matter where we are. Read more »

Cellular shades for Energy Efficiency

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Cellular Shades

Cellular Shades

Any window shades that are insulated will help you save on energy costs as well as increase the quality and comfort of your home. If you’re looking for options, cellular shades (often referred to as honeycomb shades) are well known for their energy efficiency.

Cellular shades are made of a solid fabric that stacks like an accordion. There are two sheets of fabric and in between are individual cells or tiny empty pockets of the shades that trap air. When the shades are pulled down, the pockets trap the air and help insulate the room. These cells protect your home or room against heat absorption in the summer and heat loss in the winter. The cells also run parallel to the seam to resemble traditional pleated shades and from the outside are viewed as a crisp window covering. Read more »

Window Treatments for Fall

Posted: Thursday, October 11th, 2012 | Filed under: Green shading, Greener living, sustainable living, thermal window treatments, window treatments
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Thermal Window Treatments

Thermal Window Treatments

Fall is a great time of the year to change your window treatments. Leaves are changing colors, weather becomes cooler and it’s very common for people to leave their windows open to enjoy the beautiful cool breeze.

Before you know it, fall turns into winter and winter turns into the holidays, so keep that in mind when thinking about changing your window treatments. If you’re always looking for ways to change the look and feel of your home, there are plenty of window shade options to choose from. Since fall weather is cool, you might want to start thinking about the winter months and thermal insulation to keep the heat in and the cold air out.

Fall is a great time to start winterizing your home. Start thoroughly investigating your windows to look for any basic repairs or air sealing that needs to be done. If you’ve noticed a draft coming through the windows, now is time to start thinking about fixing that. Seal leaks with caulk or foam and even using heat-shrinking plastic can help.

After winterizing your home, thinking about your window coverings. Winter window treatments are a great way to save on energy costs. By hanging window treatments such as thermal drapes or window quilts, you can save energy and even lower your heating bill. Because glass doesn’t slow the transfer of heat, the best option is insulated window treatments.

If you’re thinking about draperies or thermal window coverings, also consider motorized options or systems to install for easy opening and closing. Drapery systems can be installed in any home, on any window and the type of shades are up to you. There are tons of fabric choices, thermal and non-thermal to keep your home fresh!

Energy Efficient Window Treatments

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Honeycomb shades

Summers in New York City can get pretty hot and sticky. Therefore, it’s important to keep the sun and heat out of your townhouse or apartments. There are many different energy efficient window treatments that can help keep out the scorching heat so you can be comfortable in your living space and save on energy costs!

One of the most energy efficient window treatments are folding shades, specifically honeycomb shades. Since about 40% of unwanted heat enters through windows, it’s important to consider energy efficient window shades. By simply closing them during the day and opening them at night n the summer months, you can save tremendously in energy costs.

Folding shades are a great option for energy efficient window treatments.  The accordion style pleated shades are available in a variety of colors and fabrics to match any décor in your space. By installing the honeycomb shades as close to the window as possible, you can save even more.

If you don’t necessarily like the look of honeycomb shades, there are plenty of other options to choose from for energy efficient window treatments. Drapery systems are another great way to keep out the heat during summer. The thick fabric will block the sun and heat from entering your home. You can even find draperies with blackout liners for energy efficiency, room darkening and to block the noise.

Remember, the closer to the window you can get install your window treatments, the more energy you will be saving. Most window treatments these days are available in a wide variety of style options, including fabric and color choices, so depending on the look or function you’re hoping to achieve, there’s no doubt there’s a solution right for you.

Skylight Shades for Large Ceiling Windows

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Skylight Shades

Skylight Shades

Glass skylights can be a great feature for any room, allowing natural light to enter through the ceiling. The downside is that skylights may also bring unwanted heat and glare. By adding skylight shades to your ceiling windows, you can control the amount of sunlight that enters throughout the day. During summer months, the ability to control the unwanted heat entering your home of office, may help significantly with cooling costs.

Because skylights are very popular, even more nowadays, so are skylight shades. Because of the popularity, skylight shades are available in a variety of options including folding shades or Roman shades, sloped shades, flat roller shades and even pleated shades. Any of these window treatments will provide a great shading solution for your skylight. Skylight shades are made specifically for unique ceiling windows and can be customized. Most manufacturers offer a variety of color and fabric options, including blackout fabrics.

One of the options for skylight shades includes motorizes shading control. Motorized skylight shades are a simple solution for your ceiling window treatments. Motorized shades eliminate the hassle of climbing ladders or maneuvering long cranks when trying to open and close your skylight shades. They also eliminate the dangling cords that some of the window shades come with.

Many prefer the simplified motorized skylight shades, but that’s not to say manual shades aren’t a suitable shading solutions for your ceiling windows. Depending on your want and need, either option can be customized for your windows. For architects, contractors, homeowners and others throughout the New York City area, sunlight shades are a great option for that bright light.