Insulated Window Shades

Insulated Window Shades

April 25, 2023 By Hunter Douglas

Which Insulating Window Shades Work the Best?


The right insulating window shades can drastically prevent heat from escaping your home in winter and entering in summer, so you reduce energy loss and stay comfortable all year long.


And while Roman and solar shades, drapery, and even shutters can help improve a room’s energy efficiency, they don’t measure up to the top window treatment for keeping a room warmer when it’s colder and cooler when temps heat up. 


Insulated Cellular Shades


The most insulating shades on the market are cellular shades. They're available in a variety of styles, from traditional honeycomb to cellular shades that combine the look of Roman shades or roller shades.

Duette Apollo in Reflections
Alustra® Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades Fabric: Apollo™   Color: Reflection

The Original Honeycomb Shades


Duette® Honeycomb Shades are the original cellular shades, featuring a unique honeycomb construction that traps air in distinct pockets for an extra layer of insulation at the window. These window treatments also filter light beautifully and are available in a wide selection of fabrics and colors, including room-darkening opacities. Duette shades are also available with cordless control options, making them a safer choice for homes with children. 


Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades for Maximum Insulation


For even better insulation, you could opt for a honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb construction found in Duette Architella shades. This honeycomb design has more layers of fabric and insulating air pockets, which makes it even more energy efficient than the single honeycomb construction.

Sonnette® Cellular Roller Shades Fabric: Elan®   Color: Daisy White

Insulating Your Home with Roller Shades


Sonnette® Cellular Roller Shades combine the insulating construction of a cellular shade with the clean lines and simplicity of a roller shade. Their cleverly curved shape gently softens light for a beautiful glow while providing energy efficiency at the window. Choose from over 50 fabrics and colors, ranging from versatile neutrals to vibrant hues, as well as semi-opaque and room-darkening opacities and cordless controls. 


Duette Alexa in Desert Sands
Duette® Honeycomb Shades Fabric: Architella® Alexa™   Color: Desert Sands

How Motorization Plays an Important Role


With PowerView® Automation, you can conveniently raise and lower your shades with a button press, tap on a mobile device, or even with your voice (and your favorite voice assistant).  


You can also schedule PowerView shades to move automatically, at certain times of the day, to the exact position you desire. Being able to schedule your shades to move automatically means they’ll be in the best positions to block heat loss when the weather’s cold or keep out harsh rays when it’s hot. 

Responding to Light and Temperature Sensors


If you integrate your PowerView system with a compatible smart-home system, you can program your shades to raise and lower in response to light- and temperature-sensor commands sent from that system.


For instance, when a room reaches a certain temperature, you can set your shades to automatically block light from entering that room. This provides better insulation and also prevents the sun from fading and deteriorating your fabrics, carpet, hardwood floors and other wood surfaces. Or, to keep your home warmer in the winter, you could program your shades to open when the sun is shining in your room and close when it’s moved away. You can even customize the shades in each room to operate differently, depending on how you use the room and how much sun is coming in.


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