Insulated Shades Keep Your Home Warmer in Winter and Cooler in Summer

Typical windows can account for up to 25% of your home’s heat loss; insulated window treatments can help keep that heat in.

How do shades insulate your windows in cold weather?

Heat escapes through windows in 3 different ways:

Conductive heat loss at window openings

thermal image heat loss at window

Some heat is transferred through the window frame and the spacer bars between the glass via conduction. R-value becomes the most important measure of heat loss through these windows. An insulated window shade that adds an R-value of 2 will cut the heat-loss through a double glazed window (approximately R-value = 2) by 50%.  An R-6 shade would reduce heat loss through the same window by 75%.

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Air infiltration at window openings (Convection)

In the case of windows that have a loose-fitting window sash, or other tiny openings around the window, air infiltration can be a larger source of heat loss than conductive heat loss. The first step is to address the window seal with caulk, weatherstripping, storm windows, or replacement windows. Window shades with tight sealing track systems will further reduce any air infiltration. This is often a good solution for aluminum sliding windows.

Radiant heat loss at window openings

Radiant heat loss causes the inhabitant of a room to feel colder when near a large uncovered window. Closing any type of window covering over this window will make the room feel warmer, but certain window treatment choices will provide greater comfort and efficiency. A shade with reflective properties will reflect the heat back into the room, providing a radiant heat barrier.

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  • SilverScreen High Performance Solar Shades Learn More
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Duette Architella Honeycomb insulating shades

For increased energy efficiency at your windows and increased comfort in your home.

Up to 30% of a home's heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows. The superior design of Hunter Douglas' Duette Architella® Honeycomb Shades traps air in distinct pockets to help keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

 

Duette Architella: A different kind of honeycomb

Like regular Duette, Duette Architella traps air in six-sided honeycomb pocket. Architella goes a step beyond, featuring a honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb design for even greater energy efficiency.

 

Fabrics for energy efficiency in Colorado's mixed climate

Duette Architella fabrics help keep the heat in your house during cold winter months and helps keep the heat out during hot summer months.

 

In cool climates, stay warm and save heating energy.

  1. If you move your shades daily either with PowerView® Automation or manually:
  • Open on sunny days
  • Closed at night and on cloudy days
  • Ask your Innovative Openings consultant about fabrics with high ratings for cool climates
     

2. If you keep your shades down for privacy and UV protection while you're away during the day:

  • Shades may be down both day and night
  • Ask your Innovative Openings consultant about fabrics with high ratings for cool climates
     

In a warm climate

If your house is too hot, keep shades down all day to keep the sun out and the interior cooler.

  • Keep shades down all day to keep the sun out and the interior cooler
  • Ask your Innovative Openings consultant about fabrics with high ratings for warm climates

In a mixed climate

You may find that both hot and cold weather are a concern for your home. This could depend on your home's exposure (west, south, etc.), what type of windows you have, or if your home is situated in one of Colorado's microclimates... small areas where temperatures may be more temperate or more extreme than the overall climate surrounding them. There are a number of Duette Architella fabrics with good warm and cool ratings, and one of these may be right for your home.

  • You want year-round comfort in your house
  • Ask your Innovative Openings consultant about fabrics with high ratings for mixed climates

Sonnette Cellular Roller Shades

Insulating air pockets in classic roller shade form.

Sonnette cellular roller shades living room