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Cell Shades Help Reduce Heating Costs

Whether you want blinds that will coordinate with other elements in your home or you are after light blocking and privacy the Levolor cellular shades can do what other blinds do only much better. The innovation of the Levolor cellular shades provides you with both heating and cooling savings as well and offers you a wide range of options to fit your modern lifestyle. You can use one set of blinds for light filtering and light blocking and can have your blinds so that they can be drawn down from the top or up from the bottom.

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Cellular shades are very good insulators against the cold (and heat). They are available in a wide range of colors and patterns. You can customize your shade to provide a sheer shade effect or they can be used to black out a home theater.

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Solar Shades are Great for Light Control

As this picture shows, solar shades can make a room more livable by reducing glare and radiant heat from a sunny window without blocking the view or making you feel like a cave dweller.

Solar shades reduce glare and heat gain

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Solar shades are made from open weave synthetic fabrics with numerous patterns and colors and levels of transparency to choose from.

  • solar shades give a clean, modern look
  • these shades offer good protection against sun damage to flooring, artwork, woodwork, furniture and other furnishings
  • they are an excellent choice for high traffic areas that receive a lot of active use
  • solar shades are easy to keep clean – just wipe with a damp cloth
  • they stand up well to humid environments like spas and greenhouses
  • the moving parts are uncomplicated, durable and reliable
  • installation is easy

Here’s another photo, this one has a lighter colored fabric.

Solar Shade - Light Colored Fabric


Now for the down side – you knew there had to be one didn’t you? In areas of the house where privacy is a concern, solar shades may not be your best choice. As these photos clearly show, unless you make them wider than the window and mount them on the outside, you will be able to see around them at the edges. At night, when the lights are on inside, you can see right in from the outside.

I live in the high desert of western Nevada. The sun here can be brutal. Most of the upscale residences and vacation homes in the nearby Lake Tahoe area have rooms full of windows situated so as to take advantage of spectacular mountain or lake views. Solar screens have proven to be a workable solution to the problem of how to protect from the high altitude sun without losing the high dollar views. I recommend them without hesitation.