Window coverings have been around for centuries. The varied styles and types of window coverings and shades often carry the toponym of the region in which they were developed so many years ago: Persian, Roman, and Venetian. Before the modern era, when glass was still a precious and expensive material, window coverings acted as both a shutter from the elements and as light reduction barriers. Since then, the modern, mass produced and relatively cheap glass window has limited the need for shutters for protection from the elements – though there are still uses for them. The window blind, however, has still retained its role as a means of limiting light and improving efficiency of climate controlled homes and offices. Here will we look at one type: Cellular Blinds.
What are Cellular Blinds?
These blinds are a relatively modern invention. Developed in the 1980’s, cellular blinds, also called honeycomb blinds, are designed to provide both shade from excessive light and protection against heat loss or gain. The honeycomb design features an insulating tube of air between the two outer layers of fabric, creating a barrier between the window surface and the rest of the room.
What are the Advantages of Honeycomb Blinds?
According to the National Resources Defense Council, window and door areas make up one-third of a home’s total thermal loss. While many new window pane designs are geared toward limiting that loss, the direct contact of indoor air with the window surfaces still causes either heat loss or gain, depending on the season. With their cellular, insulated design, cellular blinds are great for reducing the energy transfer between window pane and indoor air, further reducing the loss or gain of heat. By reducing energy transfer and therefor heat loss in the winter or heat gain in the summer, cellular shades increase the heating and cooling efficiency of a home or office. And increased efficiency means increased savings on energy costs and more money in your pocket in the long run.
Limitations of Cellular Blinds
If you are looking to maximize your energy efficiency, cellular blinds are the way to go. However, there are a few limitations that you should be aware of. Since cellular blinds are fashioned of fabric without slats, they don’t provide the precise light allowances and control provided by Venetian, Persian or roman style slat. They are either open or closed. They cannot be adjusted or angled to limit light depending on your immediate lighting needs. Cellular blinds do come in a variety of shades, however, which can range from blackout to opaque to light darkening.
Cellular Shades with Reno Blinds and Repair
No matter what your window treatment needs, the professionals at Reno Blinds and Repair can help you choose the perfect blind or shade. Our extensive inventory of blinds, shades and other window treatments include something for everyone in the Reno area. Whether you need the elegance of a roman blind or the functionality of aluminum blinds or the best of both worlds with solar shades, Reno Blinds and Repair has what you need. Come check out our gallery and contact us today! We look forward to hearing from you!