Archive for the ‘Cellular Shades’ Category
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.
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
Did you know that glass offers very little resistance to heat flow?
That is the reason why windows are essentially “energy holes.” So, here is some math for you: Compared to well-insulated walls and roofs of modern homes, standard double pane windows allow about 10 to 15 times more heat energy through them. Considering that windows make up about 10 percent of a home’s exterior, it explains why 50 percent of our home’s heating and cooling energy pours through them. And this again means… that about half of our utility bill pours through them too.
To the right is a picture displaying primary heat loss through home windows (shown in red), which can be seen by using infrared photography. So what can be done to slow down the energy flow? We add insulation. Just like using fiberglass in your walls, you can add window shades that offer insulating properties.
Consider Hunter Douglas Duette Shades or other cellular honeycomb shades. The honeycomb construction does trap heat inside the cell, reducing air flow and helping to cover your “energy holes. Cellular Shades are available with single, double or even triple cell construction, giving added layers of insulation. Honeycomb shades with foil technology (blackout shades) also have a fantastic R-value, providing superior insulation for your windows.
Monday, March 2nd, 2009
Hunter Douglas has been an innovator in the window blinds industry since 1946 when they developed the first lightweight aluminum window blinds that are still used today. Hunter Douglas has continued to pave the way for window blinds manufactures all over the world. Hunter Douglas has excelled at the art of creating beautiful window coverings for the home at affordable prices that all can afford. One of Hunter Douglas’s most popular window shades is their Hunter Douglas Duette honeycomb window blinds because they offer elegance and functionality while providing privacy and warmth.
Before the air can pass into your home it must pass through the honeycomb shades which trap the air inside the cellular pocket, insolating it for a more comfortable temperature in your home. Honeycomb shades are fabric folds that are bonded together to form a honeycomb appearance. Cellular shades provide warmth in the winter, and cool in the summer and insolate our home all year round while blocking dangerous UV rays from the sun. Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades are available in many different colors and fabrics and you can decide on the amount of light you would like to see through your window blinds. They are offered in four different opacity level ranging from sheer to light-blocking.
Hunter Douglas has many local retailers and online stores all over America and many provide wholesale prices and discounts. Hunter Douglas Honeycomb blinds at wholesale prices make it easy for anyone to decorate their home with the latest in window covering designs. Please browse our online collection and see our competitive pricing and current promotions for yourself.
Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
Looking for room-darkening honeycomb shades of great quality and beauty? Hunter Douglas has a classic collection that has been around for many years and continuous to be a great seller for its wonderful color choices, solid quality and great functionality. The “Hunter Douglas Duette Classic Eclipse H7-series features a 3/8” single cell honeycomb shade constructed to block all light from entering the room. The hole-less design increases room darkening and offers a classy, more finished appearance, and the sharp horizontal pleats provide a clean contemporary feel to your home. Duette Classic shades utilize the foil technology to block light and are ideal for bedrooms or any room where complete light control is desired. Every cell is lined with an aluminum liner to keep the light out, while insulating at the same time.
The Hunter Douglas Duette (H7) Classic Eclipse 3/8″ Opaque shades offer an R-Value of 5.89 which is a very high insulating value. The Hunter Douglas Duette Classic Room Darkening shades will therefore save you money with your electricity because they are extremely energy efficient by trapping air inside the cellular pocket and insolating the air before it enters your home. Honeycomb shades keep cold air during wintertime and hot air during summertime out of your home helping to reduce your energy cost. Hunter Douglas Duette Classic room darkening shades are available up to 174” in width and can therefore cover extremely wide windows. The Hunter Douglas Duette shades can be customized to fit almost any window in your home including semi-circle windows and odd shaped windows. Follow the link above to find out more specifics, view colors about this collection.
Monday, February 2nd, 2009
For those of you who have small windows on either side of your front door know that providing privacy and cover for these windows can be tricky and hard to find. Many people do not realize the possibilities available for side windows and resort to sheers or leaving them bare, which will rob you of the often needed privacy in these areas. Another added benefit when covering the thin tall windows on the sides of your front door is the added insulation. Any window treatment will be better than none. When covering your front windows you should consider that all of the window coverings in the front of your house could esthetically match. You don’t want the front of your house to expose three or four different window treatments, which will take away from the outside appearance.
Today, you can easily find custom window blinds or shades for your sidelights. Depending on brand, you can find cellular shades that are made with a width as small as 6” and they provide privacy while still illuminating a soft glow in the room from behind the shade. Hunter Douglas goes even down to 4”, however, this shade wouldn’t be operable. On narrow windows like this you are limited to the standard cord lift option; therefore a cordless lift or retractable cord will not be available. Also wood blinds or faux wood window blinds (for example Hunter Douglas’) can be made as small as 6”. This narrow blind would be made with a center tilt only up to 11”, at which width a tilt AND lift is possible. Same thing with the aluminum mini blinds. Many of the Roller and Roman Shades are starting at 12” or 16” in minimum width and are therefore usually not ideal for most entry-door windows.
Please keep in mind that different manufacturers have different minimum widths and heights, therefore, contact us anytime for specific product information on any window treatment you might be interested in.
Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
Cellular shades are very temperamental window coverings to clean and you need to be careful when cleaning these products because they can easily be destroyed. When you purchased your cellular shades hopefully someone informed you to be careful when submerging in water, to dust regularly, and do not clean with any type of chemicals. Cellular shades are held together using an adhesive that when will deteriorate is the wrong chemicals are applied to your shades. Honeycomb shades should be regularly vacuumed using the vacuum brush extension to remove dust and dirt that will accumulate on your shades leaving a yellow gross tint.
If your cellular shades get soiled don’t worry because there are ways to clean them. The best way to clean cellular shades other than regularly vacuuming the shades is spot cleaning. You can spot clean your shades with a clean damp cloth. Do not add any cleaning chemicals to your cloth and do not spend too much time on the seams. If the unsightly spot is only on the cloth and not the seam you can add a little soap to your cloth, but ONLY use mild soap. Do not try cleaning your white cellular shades with blue soap; this will not be a good idea.
Some cellular shades, like the Hunter Douglas line, can be submerged in water to be cleaned but use caution. Cellular shades can be cleaned in a bathtub using only a mild detergent and warm water. Try to avoid submerging the head rail. Slowly and gently allow water to pass through your shades to loosen dirt and dust. After you have cleaned your cellular shades hang them back up to dry. Do not use a blow dryer and keep your window closed until your shades are completely dry.
If this does not work you are going to have to call a professional to clean your cellular shades. Make sure that the cleaner you hire has insurance and has experience with cleaning cellular shades. Even the professionals may ruin your shades by attempting to clean them so make sure that they are willing to replace your shade if something goes wrong. Try to find this information out before they start cleaning your shades. If a company does not have insurance than they probably won’t replace your shades if they destroy them.
And please remember to ALWAYS refer to the specific manufacturers’ cleaning recommendations before using any method that could damage your shades.
Monday, January 19th, 2009
Many people have trouble deciding on the perfect window treatment for their bathroom. When considering blinds, you don’t want real wood because the moisture will warp and can ruin them. Vertical blinds, while not an obvious choice, can be a great option as long as the material is made of PVC, where moisture and humidity will not cause any damage to the material. And then there are mini blinds, but why would you want to get mini blinds when you can get faux wood horizontals at the same price. Curtains should always be avoided in bathrooms because the moisture will cause the curtains to mold and begin to smell.
When considering window shades, cellular shades are popular in bathrooms because of the privacy they offer, and the tranquil glow they illuminate in the room. Cellular shades are lightweight easy to control and are available in many different colors. Plantation shutters are the most popular window covering for bathrooms all around the world. Shutters are easy to open and close and they give you the option to open the shutter completely to expose the entire window for the full outdoor view. Plantation shutters are easy to clean and maintain with minimal effort.
Another bathroom window coverings option is the 2” faux wood blinds. The alternative to real wood the faux wood looks and feels the same as real wood without the disadvantages of warping, cracking and fading. The faux wood will not bend or warp from the sun and moisture exposure. They also offer the holeless or notched option to give ultimate privacy. Remember these tips when hunting for the perfect window blinds for your bathroom and come out on top with the best knowledge available.
Saturday, January 17th, 2009
In the most popular product category, the cellular shades, new improvements have been made to the Hunter Douglas Duette and Applause Vertiglide. For the one who is not yet familiar with this product, it is the vertical counterpart of a cellular honeycomb Duette and Applause shades, which is great when covering sliding glass doors or walls of windows.
Hunter Douglas has now changed the moving brackets assemblies on all Vertiglide shades to new urethane-coated wheels to ensure a smoother and quieter operation. Also new is the stronger magnet that is being used for all split stacked shades to ensure secure closure of the shade with minimized light gaps. These two improvements certainly are increasing customer satisfaction.
Also worth mentioning is that in 2008 Hunter Douglas introduced nine rail colors, offering more color choices than any other window covering manufacturer. This means better color coordination of rails and fabric color of your choice. Also superior is the stacking width, which is the smallest within the industry.
At this time we do not offer the Hunter Douglas Vertiglide online, but off course do carry it. Simply call or email us for ordering, pricing, color samples or any questions you might have regarding this product.
Thursday, January 15th, 2009
The cellular shade is a window shade made from material to look like a honey comb. Cellular shades are very popular because of the warm and soft glow that fills the room when the cellular shades are closed on a sunny day. Cellular shades are commonly found in the living areas of the home including dining rooms, living rooms, dens and bed rooms. These shades offer beautiful elegant privacy in many available colors and fabrics. The light weight material of the cellular shade makes it easy to open and close without any real effort. There are many different options available for the cellular shade including; cordless, top down- bottom up, remote control access, continuous cord loop, and many other options.
The most preferred cellular shade option for window covering is the remote control option. The lightweight material of the shades make it possible to have them controlled by remote control and a small motor in the rail of the shade. With this option you can open and close your blinds from many feet away. You can even control one at a time or all a once. The remote control option is ideal for high windows and skylights.
For those who prefer their window blinds not to be running on batteries try the top/down-bottom/up cellular shades. The top down- bottom up shades are convenient because of the ability to move the shades to cover any section of your window. Other window coverings models are unable to cover the bottom of the window and leave the top of the window open and vise versa. Cellular shades are versatile and practical. Installation is easy but names and numbers of certified installers in your area can be provided upon request. Bring the elegant warmth into your home with cellular shades.
Sunday, January 4th, 2009
Everyone is familiar with cellular honeycomb shades. The offering in this area is tremendous. In this post we’d like to point out a product when you are truly looking for “nice”… some of the finest and exquisite materials available in the cellular product category. This will take us straight to Hunter Douglas Duettes. In the Duette product line you find (amongst others) three products that stand out in regards to elegance, sophistication and class. They are:
- Duette Royale Textured (Light-filtering)
- Duette Royale Refined (Light-filtering)
- Duette Royale Refined Eclipse (Blackout)
The Royale materials are available in the ¾” cell pleat only, which is the most popular size ordered in cellular blinds. The fabric features a truly elegant material with a satiny sheen, either smooth or with some texture. To ensure a uniform look to the streetside the back of all Duettes is a neutral white, while the room-side has the color of choice. The Duette offers unlike other products a TruePleat construction, ensuring crisp and even pleats from top to bottom. The light-filtering materials give privacy while allowing light to be filtered in, the Royale Refined Eclipse blocks all light by using foil technology.
This very sophisticated product line offers a range of state of the art hardware systems. The standard lift cord to raise the bottom up or a top down/bottom up feature, optional are retractable cord (UltraGlide), cordless (LiteRise), continuous cord (EasyRise) or motorized (PowerRise with Platinum Technology) for ultimate convenience.
Please take a look at our website to browse these products and learn more about them.