What are Cellular Honeycomb Shades?
If you are looking for a window treatment that will be a combination of elegance, versatility and functionality, you are yet to come across a better option than Cellular Honeycomb Shades. Most of you are familiar with these shades. They are elegant and add a touch of grace and class to the surroundings. These shades derive their name from the honeycomb structure of the shades. It is also this design that makes them one of the most energy-efficient insulating blinds.
The honeycomb structure helps to trap air in their pockets and create a layering between your home interior and the outside. This trapped air helps to reduce the amount of hot air that escapes the house during the freezing winter months. The air which is warmed by the room heaters remains trapped inside which keeps your interiors warm. By preventing the warm air to escape they do not allow the heaters to overwork to keep the rooms warm and maintain the desired temperature. This helps to keep the electricity bills in check. Similarly, during the hot summer months when the air conditioners are working round the clock to keep the interiors cool, the honeycomb shades keep warm air outside and prevent the air inside to get warm. Cellular honeycomb shades help to increase the R-value of a window which is a measure of a material’s resistance to heat. The higher the R-value, the more insulated the material is. Glass tends to have poor R-value and cellular honeycomb shades help to increase this value and offer insulation to the windows.
Choosing the Right Cellular Shades for your House
Which type of cellular shade works best for you depends upon your needs. This need could be the need for light-filtration, room blackout, privacy, added insulation, etc.
Need for Added Insulation
Cellular shades can be single, double or triple celled. Doubled and tripled celled cellular shades offer better insulation than the single-celled ones. So if you live in a region that experiences frigid winters where temperatures fall well below the freezing points, then it is recommended to opt for double or tripled celled cellular windows. Singled celled shades suffice for the area which experiences moderate winters.
The high insulating qualities of cellular shades have made them a popular choice for window treatments. Insulation is important not only for maintaining the temperature inside the house but also for keeping a check on the energy bills. As energy loss is cut down, heaters and air conditioners do not have to use as much electricity to help keep rooms warm or cool. As cellular honeycomb shade puts a brake on the skyrocketing energy bills, people are not willing to replace them with any other shades.
However, apart from energy efficiency, there are other factors that you would want your window treatments to address. Light filtering, cutting down glares, maintaining privacy, room darkening is some of the qualities people look for in shades. There is good news for cellular honeycomb shade loyalists. They can now find the richness of cellular shades along with light filtering and room darkening options.
Need for Light Filtration
While natural light is welcomed in any house, too much light and glare of the sun is not desirable. They can hurt the eyes, interfere with work and sleep. You need materials that can help diffuse light into the room but cutting out the unwanted glares. Cellular Light Filtering Shades are perfect. They are stylish and affordable and extremely practical. The light filtering soft fabrics provide privacy, filter light and offer insulation to your windows.
Need for Complete Room Blackout
Light, as we know, is important for any house but at times of the day when you want your mind and body to rest and get good sleep, you need complete darkness in the rooms. Most shades filter some amount of light even at night which can interfere with and affect your sleep quality. Blackout shades are perfect as they can block out 100% light not only at night but also during the daytime. Cellular Honeycomb Blackout Shades are your best bet for bedrooms that need privacy, insulation and foolproof light and noise reduction.
Need for Privacy, Natural Light, Light Control, and Outside View
For those who are looking for a window treatment that looks to combine the need for privacy, light, maintenance of outside view and insulation, Top-Down-Bottom-Up shades are perfect. These are among the most functional and practical shades you will come across. There are two shades with separate cords. One will allow you to pull one shade down, leaving the bottom open. This allows light into the room without hurting the eyes. The other cord allows you to pull the bottom shade up to give you an unobstructed view of the outside while preserving your privacy. The richness of cellular shades makes these TDBU shades more versatile than ever.
Need to Address Varying Needs of Day & Night
Day Night Cellular Shades help to address the varying needs of a room at different times of the day. At night you need to block out more light and there is a greater need for privacy. During the day time there is a more pressing need for blocking out the harmful UV rays of the sun and the glares without shutting out natural light completely. For these purposes, you have Day Night shades that combine two different types of fabrics rolled into one. For the fabric, you could choose single or double cell sheer, room darkening, light-filtering or blackout cellular materials. From insulation to privacy, light filtration to outside view, all needs are well taken care of.
Choosing the best cellular blinds for your homes depends completely on the purpose you want them to serve. Identify the needs and the concerns that need to be addressed. Crown and Graber bring a wide range of cellular shades to choose from. There are varieties of fabrics to choose for your windows which will ensure optimal coverage for rooms.