Cellular shades are also referred to as “honeycombs” and these types of window treatments combine the same technology as double-paned glass, with the versatility of traditional blinds. These types of window shades are unique in the fact they trap air pockets next to the window, in order to decrease the amount of heat or cool air lost and to increase the insulation of the home. The cells or honeycombs of these shades will trap air between pockets of fabric and cause there to be an insulating blanket in between the room and window, which will increase heat in the winter and make it much cooler in the summer time.
Although these types of blinds are much thicker and more energy efficient than traditional window shades or blinds, they are still quite similar to normal window coverings. It is important to know a few things about cellular shades before purchasing some for the home, in order to buy the best type which will suit your needs and cut down on your summer energy bills. Not all honeycomb/cellular shades provide the same level of insulation so there are a few factors to consider, such as the following:
- Cell number
- Cell size
- Fabric opacity (darkness)
The cell size you pick is very important because the larger the cell is, the larger the pleat will be and the more window depth it will cover. Larger pleated cellular shades have a very unique look which resembles traditional window blinds, while smaller ones have smaller pleats and are perfect for those seeking a modern look for windows. If you have smaller window sills in the home, smaller pleated cellular shades will work better because they takes up less space on the window. Smaller cells can be grouped together, which means extra insulation and more savings on the monthly utility bill.
There are also different types of cells to choose from when considering cellular shades:
- Single cells: consist of a single layer of cells and come in a wide array of cell and pleat widths. Larger celled shades work better for bigger and deeper windows, while a smaller celled shade works better on a smaller, shallow window. Single celled shades also offer better distribution of sunlight, some energy savings and a bit of noise insulation, and are designed to trap a single layer of air between the room and outdoor environment. Single celled shades work well in a bathroom or on a smaller portico type window.
- Double cells: these shades consist of two layers of connected cells, one row of cells closer to the room itself and the other is closer to the actual window. Double celled shades off good insulation and better noise insulation, but do not come in the same array of sizes as the single layer models. Generally double celled window shades are less than a ½ inch in thickness, and have a similar pleat size. However, you can also squeeze several together to make larger pleats if needed.
- Triple cells: these types have three layers of cells between the room and window and offer maximum insulation and soundproofing abilities. Triple cell shades are normally used with homes experiencing severe weather elements, which can cause there to be serious energy loss through the windows.
Using cellular window shades to save energy in the home will directly impact the amount of money saved on an electric bill, so it is something to seriously consider. Cellular shades come in a wide variety of different colors and opacity levels, so finding the perfect look has never been easier. Take a look at the windows around your home, install some cellular shades and look at your utility bill over the next few months and you should notice a sharp contrast in before and after savings, making the expense of cellular window shades well worth it.