I need to buy some new window shades or blinds for my bedroom. I'm
considering cellular and faux wood. All the web sites claim that the
cellular shades insulate much better than regular type blinds.
Does anyone have any real experience with the cellular shades or knowledge
of them? Thanks,
I have insulated double honeycomb cellular shades installed in houses in
Florida and Massachusetts. In both houses, there was a noticeable
difference in the temperature once the shades were installed. The double
honeycomb design keeps the AC in in Florida, and the cold out, in
Massachusetts. So yes, spend the money on good, insulated honeycomb shades
with the highest e-value rating you can find. Cheap honeycomb shades that
aren't rated for insulation value (without a posted e value) are probably
nothing more than decorative, though.
Warning that insulating blinds in a winter climate will keep some of the
heat in but they will allow the glass to cool down to below the dew point.
The blinds will not stop moisture in the air from migrating to the glass and
condensing. The result can be water or ice on the glass and water below the
window, in the wall and on the floor resulting in damage and/or moulds and
possibly some rot --- ask me how I know.
Ummm... let me think. In Florida, we had roll-down shades and sheers.
In Massachusetts we had those narrow vinyl miniblinds, mostly. If it
helps, both houses have mid-range double-paned high r-value windows, so the
energy loss wasn't remarkable to begin with. But adding the cellular
shades definitely made a difference in both cases. For both houses, we
went through empire carpets for the blinds. You won't save any money that
way, but they do a nice job of installing, and the shades that they sell are
excellent quality (hunter douglas). The largest shade that we had made
for the 8x10 slider in the Florida house is now going on seven years (three
years of use by tenants, no less) and has held up beautifully. Not a single
problem. So I have to recommend Hunter Douglass.
Oh, I forgot - in the living room in Mass we also had those wooden
half-blinds. They didn't do much to keep out the cold (they were half
blinds) and they were a pain in the ass to get all the dust out of every
little ridge and blind. I used to like them, before I had to dust them
regularly. :) They are pretty, however.
Absolutely. I have outfitted all of my windows and sliders with the
double-cell honeycomb shades and the difference is tremendous. And (if
you can stomach shopping at the Borg), the cost for a set of Bali
insulating shades is barely more than some decent wood/faux-wood
blinds. They've paid for themselves in heating and cooling cost
savings many times over.
I've got unlined and lined cellular shades. Both varieties seem to provide
good insulation. It's a bit subjective but in the winter, the surface of
the shade is warmer than the adjacent wall so I'm assuming the window &
shade combination has better R value than the wall. Since the window is
about R 3 and the wall should be about R 7, I'm assuming the shades are
about R 4.
Like I said, it's subjective and my "touch test" is not foolproof at all.
Heck I could be fooled just because the drywall has a higher heat capacity
than the shade's material. All that said, I don't feel colder near the
just put 'em in here in texas...outside temps in the 90's...
made a HELLUVA difference in the front bedroom...before we put the
shades in, it was very warm even with AC on.
now it's very, very comfortable. computer sits near front window and
was difficult to use because of the heat. now i have no problem at
they definitely work
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