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Talking with a gent from Ontario the other day, the conversation turned to which skylight system he might use for his “conservatory / garden room” (the room pictured below from Anglian Home Improvement’s website) .

garden room

These are great spaces to have, and yet they can be excessively cold in winter and overheated in summer. The Ontario conservatory / garden room is HUGE: 23-feet by 13-feet.

Initially, his size – per overhead opening – was 34-inches (width) x 54-inches (length). This meant he could use either our Balcony Skylight or Daylight Skylight shades.

So what IS the difference between the two systems?

The BIG difference is SIZE – a Balcony Skylight Shade can be no wider than 48-inches and no longer than 96-inches — yet as the shade gets wider, it must also get shorter to fit in our production parameters. For instance, a shade 36-inches wide can be 96-inches long; but a shade 42-inches wide should be no longer than 84-inches, and a shade as wide as 48-inches should be no longer than 72-inches.

This photo from our website shows a typical “Balcony Skylight” installation (the window shades, of course, we also manufacture):

Bedroom - cellular shades & skylights

A Daylight Skylight Shade, on the other hand, can have a maximum width of 96-inches, a maximum length of 120-inches. Again, however, the length of any given shade will be dictated by its width: the wider the shade, the shorter the length must be to be within spec.

This photo shows a typical “Daylight Skylight” installation:

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These shades are quite long, fairly broad.

The larger-size shown here can be accommodated because of a “framing” structure. The physical differences in the shades can be better understood from the installation instructions for the two types of Skylight Shades. I always recommend that people look them over, if for nothing else, the schematic of each “broken down” shade which shows all the parts and how they fit together.

But back to my Ontario man.

Technically, he could go with either system – a 34 x 54 (w x l) is possible with both the Balcony and the Daylight systems. The first is going to have brackets at the top and bottom of the shade; a moving middle shade allows the shade to open and close. The second will have a frame assembled on site and the entire unit is then lifted into place. Of necessity the pricing structures differ.

I invite you — if you have a skylight application in need of some warming up (winter) or cooling off (summer), to get yourself a price quote for either the Balcony Skylight Shade or the Daylight Skylight Shade — or both!

The past few days the phones have been ringing off the hook with ONE THOUGHT in mind:

“Tell me more about the insulating value of Cellular Window Shades”.

Blinds are certainly a value where there is nothing covering your windows and skylights  <– what one customer called the “black hole” effect. But how does Cellular, specifically, measure up against other window types, mini blinds or window quilts, for instance.

Let’s start with proven savings on cooling AND heating costs:

Upwards of 25% of your costs can be lost through indoor air leaking back outside through your windows and skylights. If you pay $1300, you could be wasting up to $325 annually in heating/cooling! Dare I say it: That amount could buy you THREE 36-inch x 60-inch (width x height) Cellular Shades and still put change in your pocket — thanks to FREE shipping.

By providing window and skylight glass with a Cellular Shade covering, Energy Smart Cellular Shades control drafts – you feel the continuity in temperature. You hear the heating and cooling systems turn on less often.

Symphony Shades, Light Filtering or Black Out fabrics, insulate in 3 ways, as they fight:

  • convection
  • conduction
  • radiation

See our R-Value chart at the end of this post. But first, to answer the question of how Energy Efficient Cellular Shades stack up against other window treatments, check out the insulation “rating” of these popular window coverings, in conjunction with a Double Pane Window:

  • 1-inch mini blinds have an R-Value of 2.3
  • Vertical blinds have an R-Value of 2.3
  • CrystalPleat™ Facets, an R-Value of 3.3
  • Applause™ or Duette™ Classic, an R-Value of 3.5
  • Window Quilts, an R-Value of 3.6

(R-Value measures the thermal resistance –> the HIGHER the number, the more effective the insulating)

NOW compare these insulating values with the R-Values for the various Cellular Window Shades fabrics, without and with ComforTrack sidetracks:

Compare R-value by Fabric Type Shade Only Single Pane                 (+1) Double Pane                 (+1.8) Triple Pane                 (+3.5)
Double Cell Light Filtering 2.8 3.8 4.6 6.3
Double Cell Light Filtering with Tracks 3.3 4.3 5.1 6.8
Double Cell Black Out 4.0 5.0 5.8 7.5
Double Cell Black Out with Tracks 4.7 5.7 6.5 8.2
Single Cell Light Filtering 1.6 2.6 3.4 5.1
Single Cell Black Out 2.5 3.5 4.3 6
Note: Single Cell shades are not available with side tracks

People all over the US have been experiencing heatwave after heatwave this last month. Will it ever end?

So wilting heat gives a perfect opportunity to discuss ENERGY savings, for “energy” isn’t just expended when those up north heat in the winter — COOLING costs also are a significant cost during warm-weather months all over the country.

QUESTION: So how do CELLULAR shades reduce air conditioning costs??

ANSWER: In the same manner, they save you from drafts in the winter, Cellular Window Shades keep the beating sun and warming effects of the daytime from entering your home in the first place. Here’s how:

Adding Cellular Shades to your windows adds an EXTRA LAYER of protection because the “pockets” — those little honeycomb cells — trap air and act as a barrier to cold air leaking in from outside in the winter months and hot air leaking through in the summer months. The fabric also blocks direct sunlight and those harmful UV rays, all without ever FADING!

More info in our next installment…


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