We’ve provided a general overview below; please contact your local Hunter Douglas specialist for specifics, as they vary by type of window treatment and fabric.
Energy Efficiency: While all Hunter Douglas window treatments help you live more comfortably, some, like cellular shades, are specifically designed to help you save energy. To learn more about how shades save energy, visit our energy efficiency page For details on how much energy specific Hunter Douglas shades save, please visit our Attachments Ratings Energy Council page. This independent organization, partly funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, provides consumers with reliable information about the energy performance of blinds and cellular, roller and solar shades.
UV Protection: All window treatments provide some form of protection from UV rays—protection that increases when the window treatments are fully closed. Solar shades, however, are specifically designed to block UV rays; our Designer Screen Shades, which are solar shades, block up to 99% of UV rays.
Privacy/Light Control: The amount of privacy and light control you get from a shade depends on the opacity level of the shade’s fabric.
Sheer fabrics allow for the most light to enter a room, but they offer the least amount of privacy. On the other end of the spectrum, blackout fabrics block nearly all light from entering a room, and they provide the most privacy. The type of fabric and color you choose will have a significant effect on your window shade's opacity. For more information on fabric opacities, check out our Opacities Buyer's Guide.