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Fighting Afternoon Sun

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

ROLL-027-EcoGrBrnzLRHorClsNow that it’s spring the afternoon sun feels nice. But I know down here in Texas the temperatures are about to skyrocket and that means the afternoon sun can become brutal. What are good solutions to keep the heat and sun out to get some relief?

First you want to think what your main goal is. Do you need to keep the heat out? Or is it more pressing to keep the light and glare out? In case privacy is not an issue, solar shades could be a wonderful solution. Solar shades will cut the heat, reduce UV rays and help to protect furniture and decor from sun damage. With solar shade you the view can be preserved when the shade is lowered. That’s why solar shades are perfect for an area where privacy is not needed. And yet the glare will be cut down and the heat will be kept at bay.

What would be a good product if privacy is an issue? Cellular shades are fantastic for insulation and privacy control as well.  Designed like a honeycomb cell the heat is trapped inside the comb, keeping rooms cooler. Cellular shades are available in light filtering of room darkening fabrics. The darkening material is often lined on the inside with an aluminum lining, which makes for a top-of-the-line insulator. Light filtering materials allows lots of light in which is welcome in living areas. Even though light filters through the shade, privacy is insured while insulating the room. Blackout materials are typically used in bedrooms or media room they darken considerably when lowered.

One product that isn’t often considered when looking for insulation is wood blinds. Painted white or off white wood blinds actually insulate very well, while a wood blind with a stained finish wouldn’t be such a good choice for a window with afternoon sun. I would recommend a wood blind with routeless upgrade to eliminate light gaps.

Any of these products will greatly help with afternoon sun, which will make a big difference to increase comfort in your home and help with energy efficiency.

Preparing Your Home for the Summer Heat With Cellular Window Shades

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Cellular shades are a great way to protect your home from summer heat.Summer is approaching quickly and while it might not quite feel like spring yet, it’s still important to prepare for the upcoming months of warm weather. Right now, you are probably welcoming the sun into your home but it won’t be long before you’re looking for ways to keep the sun from beating into your home while keeping your décor fashionable. Cell Shades use a honeycomb construction with no visible cords or seams.

Cellular shades offer superior insulating properties to keep winter cold and summer heat outside while keeping your home looking great due to the variety of color palettes available. These shades can help save on your electric bill by reducing the temperature and amount of time you feel the need to keep air conditioning on in order for your home to remain comfortable.

Rather than pump up the air conditioning and window fans, it’s cheaper and more environmentally-friendly to simply block out the sun with cellular window shades. Unlike the majority of cellular shades, all privacy levels and light filters are available in our cellular window shades line so you don’t have to completely blacken out a room for the blinds to be effective against the sun.

Unsure about ordering online? Ace of Shades’ blinds and shades are custom products, manufactured to the highest quality and industry standards and we ship all our window shades in just a few days, free of shipping and handling charges (unless oversized) right to your door. Opt for our cellular window shades just in time to beat the summer heat. Call (866) 553-6088 with your questions about our cellular shades and cellular blinds.

Reviewing 2011 Trends

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

It went too fast! 2011 is over and a good year it has been. The window covering industry has experienced fun trends, and the good news is, some of them are here to stay. Who wants that trend, and based on that, purchased new window coverings, that are soon to be outdated? So what have we seen?

Our favorite trend: Energy efficient products. With government incentives in place and manufacturers cranking out products that will give serious insulation, we have had a tremendous amount of interest in this area. Cellular shades or honeycomb shades were here the main focus. The honeycomb design of the material traps air inside the cell and helps to lower electric bills, keep our houses cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Another trend were our eco-friendly products. Here the Woven Wood shades stand out. They are made out of all natural products like bamboos, reeds, or woods. The rustic look creates warmth  and comfort and a much more inviting atmosphere next to the industrial type mini blind or Polyester shades. Going back to nature couldn’t be more beautiful!

Another big hit were the Solar Shades, which combine sleek beauty, UV protection and heat reduction. Solar shades were huge this year. With more people asking to have a view out and enjoying an open design, this product helped to reduce damaging UV rays and cut heat. Functioning just like a Roller Shade, Solar materials are often made of PVC / Polyester blends, but are also offered in eco friendly materials. The look is very modern and fresh. A few years ago materials came only in standard industrial looking fabrics. This year new  textures and woven designs have been incorporated, giving Solar shades a new feel and appearance.

With trends and preferences always changing, we can’t wait to see what will come in 2012, but I am certain that energy efficient products, nature’s beauty and functionality are here to stay.

Summer is here

Friday, June 24th, 2011

What a great time! The days get longer, our kids start getting out of school and some vacations are planned. This is also the time where lots of folks have to think and maybe worry about their electricity bill.

Ace of Shades is located in Texas, so we know all about the heat. It is close to the end of June and we have had many days now around and over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. With gas prices as high as they are, so have our light bills seen increases. This is the time to do what we can to keep our air conditioned cool air inside and the heat out. So, what products do we recommend for insulation?

Best suited are cellular shades, also referred to as honeycomb shades. The enclosed honeycomb design creates a pocket, that traps air inside the cell. It acts as an insulating barrier, to keep hot air out and cool air inside. Depending on what cellular product is selected, insulation can be increased. A higher R-value is achieved with a blackout shade for example. Most blackout shades have a foil lining on the inside of the cell, kicking insulation up a notch. Also great for increased R-value is the double honeycomb shade. It pairs two cells in front of each other, creating a double layer of material to help insulate. Most manufacturers now a day’s make R-value charts readily available. So, whoever wants to see facts on what does what, just ask for it ;-)

Another product not to overlook is the solar shade. This product won’t work for everybody, since it is a “see through” shade. Depending on openness factor, a screened view through is its characteristic. So, for any window where privacy is needed, this will not be right for you.
But where a view is desired, solar shades are wonderful in UV protection. They cut glare and keep your rooms cool as well. With new looks and textures available that give it more of a fabric or woven look they are gaining in popularity fast!

Check out our online selection today or contact us, we’d be glad to guide you along the way.

Bali Cellular Shades – features and benefits

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Bali DiamondCell Cellular Shades feature an insulating cellular design that keeps homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. An extensive selection of colors makes it easy for everyone to find the energy-efficient shades right for ones style. DiamondCell Shades are available in three opacities for personalized privacy and light control with a range of great options including cordless lift and top down shades, giving great choices and functionality. Bali’s cellular shades are also available for patio doors with a vertical cell, sliding into an open position for any large application.

Here are some benefits of the Bali DiamondCell Shades:

  • Unlike other brands, the Bali Cell shades are known for the soft fabric, our customers appreciate the soft-to-the-touch and cloth like feel
  • 13 styles and 159 colors, which are inspired by the latest trends in home décor ensuring a fashion-forward product
  • 3 different cell sizes to meet your insulating and décor requirements
  • Unique honeycomb design provides the highest level of insulation (R-Value) of any type of window treatment available
  • The headrail is a color-coordinated aluminum headrail, providing you with a strong, rust-resistant system that offers quality operation
  • The standard cordlock offers smooth and dependable operation; cordless shades available for child and pet safety, with an improved redesigned handle for lasting durable operation; continuous loop operated shades offer a solution for operating larger, heavier shades by incorporating a powerful clutch that holds your shade securely in place.

Lastly, Bali shades have a great value. While being very well priced and giving you a bang for your buck, the product is backed by a Limited lifetime warranty, giving you assurance of quality craftsmanship and product support.

Hunter Douglas Duette – the Headrail(s)

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

The best known honeycomb shade on the market is undoubtedly the Duette honeycomb shade by Hunter Douglas. Hunter Douglas is the innovator of the cellular shade products and has been a leader in the window covering industry for many years.

 

As this product has evolved over the years, becoming available with improved and more convenient lifting systems, prettier and more fashionable fabrics, Hunter Douglas again has made changes to better the Duette product line. What’s new? Changes to the headrail(s). In the past, a Duette with cordless lift (LiteRise) had a different headrail than a Duette with a continuous cord (EasyRise), as well as a Duette with retractable cord (UltraGlide). The differences used to be quite noticeable. Whereas the EasyRise had a rather square and white only headrail, the LiteRise had a slimmer, more rounded profile and the UltraGlide had yet another type of headrail. This has now been streamlined. EasyRise, UltraGlide, LiteRise now all have the same headrail for a uniform appearance.

 

We have had many customers in the past, that were contemplating putting a cordless LiteRise on their French doors, while changing to a different type of lifting system on their large windows right next to it. Or they would be looking to pair a continuous cord shade, which is great for that extra large window, with the cordless lift on the smaller windows in the same room. They usually would shy away from that choice, considering the different looks to the headrails. Not anymore J Now, you can easily switch from one application to another, without worrying about uniformity.

 

New Arrival – upon popular demand: Hunter Douglas Applause Sunterra Blackout collection

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

We have just added the new cellular Applause fabric line “Sunterra blackout” to our website. Hunter Douglas added last year the new Sunterra light filtering collection to the Applause cellular shades offering which has now become its best selling product in this category. The Sunterra collection comes in the ¾” pleat size and sets itself apart through richer color tones. All 12 colors are earth or nature inspired. Prior to May 2009 the light filtering Sunterra fabric was priced the same as the Legends and Casuelle light filtering fabric line. Since then, Hunter Douglas has given even higher incentives to buy this product by pricing it 15% lower than the Legends and Casuelle fabrics J

Every year around May Hunter Douglas has their yearly pricing increase. But this year, due to the economy and the difficulties in the housing market, pricing has remained the same and some products have even enjoyed a pricing decrease. Sunterra was part of this pricing decrease.

 

Now, this popular product has been made available in blackout. The exact same beautiful, nature inspired colors have been created with foil technology as a lining on the inside of every cell, providing a blackout product that can be used in every bedroom or any room where complete light control is desired. Also the blackout Sunterra material is priced 15% lower than the Legends and Casuelle blackout material. It is available with all popular features like the top down / bottom up or cordless lifting system as well as motorized. Since the Hunter Douglas launch we have already had numerous sales before even having the product up online. Now, that we have received all necessary product supplies, we have added it and will start putting it on a 5% off sale starting Monday, June 22nd.

 

As always, for anybody wanting to see a sample of the new material or any color therein, please contact us, we are more than happy to arrange to have some mailed to you. Enjoy learning more about the new product, its colors and specifications here: Hunter Douglas Applause Sunterra Blackout Collection.

Comfortex Cordless Cellular Shades

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

If you are looking for a Cellular Shade for windows in your home, the Comfortex cordless cellular shade is a great one to choose. This type has many advantages including price, Limited Lifetime warranty, fabric choices, great insulation, and safety.

 

In today’s economy, price is a big reason why people don’t buy things they need. As you will find when shopping around, Comfortex shades are fairly priced while ensuring to get a quality product. Comfortex has been in business for 25 plus years and makes great quality products. The Comfortex honeycomb shades include many fabric choices in order to give the rooms in your home the look that you want, with a price that you can afford. Some of the most popular fabrics are double cell Symphony, ¾” Baritone, and ½” Virtuoso, giving a well rounded offering of cellular pleat size and types. Not only are these shades price worthy, while giving you a great choice of fabrics but they are great insulators that will help to decrease cooling costs because honeycomb shades act as insulators, trapping the heat or cold inside each cell.

 

Honeycomb shades are also a wonderful choice when considering them for a child’s room. Comfortex cellular shades can be ordered with a cordless lift, which will give added safety in family homes with pets and children, eliminating dangerous cords. However, you can still lift or drop them at your convenience. These shades come with a handle on them so you can quickly and easily place them to the desired level, never having to worry about one side being higher than the other. Consider the Comfortex brand if you need a shade that is reasonable in price, safe, and easy to use while saving money on your energy bills!

COMFORTEX – Announcing the Smoothy Continuous Cord Loop System!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Comfortex Window Fashions has just announced a new and improved clutch continuous cord loop system. The new Smoothy clutch features amazingly smooth and quiet operation. With this new system it is now easier to lower and raise the shade, using less pull force than before. Clutch operated shades can now be lowered and raised faster and with fewer strokes due to an improved gear mechanism. You will immediately notice the improved quality and ease of use the very first time you try it.

The Smoothy System has replaced the Omni-Rise™ System on all Comfortex fabricated continuous cord loop cellular shades as of May 1, 2009. The Smoothy system will be implemented on Serenade® Roman Shades, Fusion™ Insulating Roman Panel Shades and Ensemble Designer Series™ Pleated Shades during June 2009.

Clutch operated shades with continuous cord loop are of tremendous value when ordering larger shades as the weight will eventually wear out cords when using a regular lifting system. The continuous cord also has the added benefit of staying at a constant length, whereas a standard lift cord will start pooling on the floor when the shade is being raised. The new and improved continuous cords lifting system are available on the popular Comfortex Cellular Shades at this time!

Federal Tax Credit – Comfortex Honeycomb Shades with Energy Saving Sidetrack System

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Comfortex Window Fashions has just announced their certification of the Comfortex ComforTrack insulating sidetrack system for the Federal Tax Credit under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

 

We all like saving money on taxes and energy bills. And now, the ComforTrack Plus Energy Saving Sidetrack Insulation System does exactly that. Homeowners qualify for a 30% tax credit up to a maximum of $1500.00 when they insulate their windows with the ComforTrack Plus Energy Saving Sidetrack System. With this system we are actually able to cut our energy and tax bill at the same time J

 

What exactly is this Sidetrack System? Comfortex cellular shades are great insulating products. However, on the right and left side to the shade there is this little gap. It’s a light gap, as well as an energy gap necessary to lower and raise your shade without it “brushing” up against the casing or frame. Well, this gap can be eliminated with the ComforTrack Plus system, which places a track on the right and left of your honeycomb shade, which will give you a barrier to drafts. They are available in white or brown and are UV stable removable sidetracks that attach to your window frame with magnets. They can be removed for cleaning when necessary.

ComforTrack Honeycomb shades with the ComforTrack Plus System provide a thermal performance rating up to 5 time better than single pane windows alone! For pricing and more information on the ComforTrack Plus System, please contact us or call, this feature is not yet available online.

 

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