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The October issue of This Old House magazine has a short one-page “illustrated” PRICE-WISE article about Cellular Shades!

The quick look at cellular shades involves the ComforTrack Plus blackout shades.

WARNING: The ONE THING readers of TOH do NOT want to do with their Symphony BLACKOUT fabric shades, however, is SOAK the fabric!!! That cleaning method is ONLY for LIGHT FILTERING fabrics!

We’d love to hear from you, if you heard about cellular shades through This Old House magazine — tell us, if this was your source when you order from

Check out our “As Featured In….” page of links all about the Energy-Saving Side Track System. You can learn about the side track system, and why it will save you money — and how to benefit from Comfortex’s Insulation Systems Federal Tax Credit for 2011.

The colors in the Symphony line of Cellular Window Shades predominantly are named for musical terms, people and operas. So I want to start an assessment of their various color names with one of the most basic words in operatic language: the ARIA.

In Symphony-speak, ARIA is a LIGHT BEIGE color in the double-cell, light-filtering line of fabrics:

To those of us who love opera, an aria (Italian, for ‘air’) is a singer’s moment to shine. Their character literally holds center stage! Audience members go wild for certain arias — Luciano Pavarotti made Nessun dorma (None shall sleep), from the Puccini opera Turandot into an ovation, even though the music keeps on going without break.

Wikipedia has an interesting array of arias in recorded snippets: O mio babbino caro (Puccini again, this time Gianni Schicchi) sung by Frances Alda (1919); the famous Emmy Destinn in a 1914 recording of Vissi d’arte (Puccini’s Tosca). The most celebrated singer of all time, Enrico Caruso has two recordings here for listening: Le donna è mobile and Vesti la giubba — undoubtedly the aria most associated with Caruso, from the opera I Pagliacci.

These arias, and more, can be found at:

Enrico Caruso

Breaking News!

Comfortex, the “inventor” of the ComforTrack sidetrack system, has recently announced that the US Government has been certified for Tax Credit (those taxes done in 2012) of up to $500 for purchases made between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011.

“Comfortex Corporation certifies that the following ComforTrack Plus Energy Saving Sidetrack Insulation System products are ‘Eligible Building Envelope Components’ that qualify as insulation systems for the federal Tax Credit allowed under Internal Revenue Code 25C…”

CWS is in the midst of adding the new “2011 Manufacturer’s Certification Statement” to our website, but in the meantime, here’s the link to the same document through Comfortex’s website.

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A very interesting “find” by a colleague here in the CWS office: an Idaho home inspector who just raves about our “northern Vermont company”! While they credit us with “creating” the sidetrack system, it’s the system itself which obviously has made them into raving fans:

“plastic tracks that you mount on the inside of your window frame… have a small plastic ridge that fits into a notch cut into the ends of the pleats.  You can hardly see these side tracks, and do not even notice them unless one is looking closely at the window frame.  These side tracks eliminate that “R” stealing gap that occurs naturally with traditional blinds.  When installed, these side track blinds add an “R” value….”

The writer goes on to talk about the impact on his home, comfort, bills, and bank account:

“I recommend you purchase just one… and install it in your bedroom.  Your room will be instantly much warmer in the winter months, and you’ll be able to turn your thermostat down without reducing your comfort.  In the summer months, you won’t need the air conditioning as much.  I am certain that you’ll be so impressed, you’ll do like I did and outfit the entire house with them.  These blinds have reduced my monthly heating and cooling costs by about $30 per month.  The money I save on utilities will pay for the cost of these blinds in only a few years.  So, instead of a 20+ year cost recoup time… I am looking at recouping the cost in less than 5 years.  After that, they are just money in the bank.”

Our own thermal photos: open shade, closed shade, sidetracked shade

The greatest of praise is reserved for our firm’s “customer service”, which has to include in this instance (a repair) our wonderful Production Team:

“The thing that impressed me the most with this company is their service.  All of the blinds I ordered from them were exactly what I ordered and they all fit perfectly.  About seven months after installing one of the blinds, it developed a problem in the retraction mechanism and would not allow the blind to go up or down.  I sent them an e-mail asking for advice on how to repair the mechanism.  They mailed back to me a UPS label for company paid shipping… asking me instead to send the blind back to Vermont, so I did.  Yesterday, I arrived home from work to find my blind had been returned to me in full working order.  No questions asked.  No cost.  This is what has impressed me the most.  These people operate their business with old fashioned American values.  A good product at a fair price.  American made… American backed.  With fantastic service… standing behind their product.”

In keeping with our theme of “Yellow” as the Color of the Month,
today we list some of our favorites:

The Blond Bombshell: Jean Harlow


Blondie, Dagwood & Family

Gentlemen prefer … Marilyn Monroe!

The Golden Arches of McDonald’s

Das Rheingold (Wagner):
Freia and the Tree of Golden Apples

Golden, Colorado:
“Where The West Lives!”

Gold Nugget

What happens in Vegas,
Stays in Vegas…

Sold Gold Dancers

Yellow Pages: Let your Fingers do the Walking

Yellowhammer: The Bird

Yellow by Coldplay

“Yellow” by
10% off during the month of February!


Many people are interested in cordless shades, especially after recent concerns over child and pet safety. Be advised, however, of the steps you can take to keep cords out of reach: with cord cleats, velcro dots, cord guides. We take child-safety seriously at CellularWindowShades!

We also take our Production standards to stringent margins — and we found the combination of double cell blackout fabric (often desired in bedroom settings) with the Cordless did not function, over time, as well as we could have hoped. Therefore, in the spring the decision was taken to remove the double cell blackout fabric as an option for Cordless shades.

Q: So what is your option for the room-darkening effects of a blackout combined with the ease of the Cordless shade?

A: Single cell blackout fabric from the 1/2-inch, or Virtuoso line. This combination gives you the best product for ease of operation.

We also have available — at a terrific 30% off! — the 3/8-inch single cell “Fanfare” line. Please note that these fabrics are only available with the Standard Cord Lock or the Top Down Bottom Up operating features.

When in doubt: the Light Filtering double-cell fabric works for all the different lifting methods: Standard Cord Lock; Top Down Bottom Up; Continuous Cord Loop (the “Smoothy”); Cordless; as well as Motorized.

Check out our website for more information on lift operation choices!

We added a couple new pages to our blog, The Inside Scoop at CellularWindowShades:

Check out our handy guide: How to Measure for Symphony Shades. Learn the tricks of the trade, and you will measure with confidence and success.

We’ve also include two video links, produced by Comfortex; the most useful follows the installation of a shade with side tracks from start to finish, including bracket placement and track placement.

Especially important here, the “handyman” is shown measuring for window depth. We’ve had customers with casement windows who have installed tracks, but left little room for the shade to come down unimpeded and now have to pull the shade — gently, gently — beyond the cranks and locks of their windows. Take five seconds to determine if you have enough clearance, just as this man does.

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CWS offers custom-made cellular shades in both double and single cell light-filtering or blackout fabrics.

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