Energy Efficient Blinds

Blinds and shades provide privacy, control light and make a visual impact. Did you know they can also reduce your energy costs? Glass is not a good insulator. Up to 25% of your home’s heating or cooling cost is due to loss of energy through your windows. That’s where quality window coverings come in. If fit snugly to your window frame, blinds and shades will trap air and can double the R-value of your windows. So, what are the most energy efficient window coverings?

Honeycomb shades (also called cellular shades) offer privacy, light control and insulation. Long, open channels trap air insulating your room from summer sun and winter wind. The channels come in many shapes; arches, trapezoids, circles and triangles. Honeycomb shades contract into a small stack that can be hidden behind a valance allowing your attention to focus on a more decorative window treatment. Hunter Douglas Duette® Honeycomb Shades are engineered to provide beauty and energy efficiency in both cold and warm seasons. Available in a range of pleat sizes, fabrics, colours, opacities and textures, these shades can be made to fit any window including skylights, arches, sidelights, circles and sliding doors. Duette® Honeycomb Shades come in single cell or dual honeycomb design (a honeycomb within a honeycomb) and are covered by Hunter Douglas’ lifetime limited warranty. Shade-O-Matic honeycomb shades are a luxurious window covering with a distinctive cellular construction that will insulate your home and reduce your heating and cooling bill. These shades come in a selection of fabrics, multiple cell sizes, are stain-resistant, wrinkle-resistant, easy to maintain, washable and include a colour-coordinated rail.

Thermal lined roman shades are an excellent choice as an insulating window treatment. If fit snugly against the wall, they create a seal and stop the movement of air. Choose flat roman shades made of one continuous piece of fabric that lays flat in front of your window or try waterfall roman shades that feature soft cascading folds that ripple down the face of the fabric giving a soft finished look. Hunter Douglas – Solera® Soft Shades combine the soft folds of a classic Roman shade with the construction and insulating factor of a cellular shade. They are available in woven or non-woven fabric, many colours, textures and patterns, and a choice of light-filtering or room-darkening opacity. They lower your energy consumption, improve your room’s acoustics and are covered by Hunter Douglas’ lifetime limited warranty. Shade-O-Matic – Shadow Magic Horizontal Shadings combine soft fabric panels with seamless construction adding beauty and sophistication to your home. These shades are energy efficient, come in many colours and patterns, are anti-static, dust and stain resistant, protect against UV rays, can be light-filtering or room-darkening, and boast a unique headrail that creates an elegant self-valance.

For all your blind and shade needs, call Blinds West (403-270-9696), a division of West Hillhurst Paint and Design. Blinds West offers in home or in store consultation, post-sale service, installation, and warranty service, and we carry Hunter Douglas and Shade-O-Matic products. Schedule your consultation today!