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The above photo illustrates the Symphony Shade’s ComforTrack Plus “sidetrack” system – as you can see, it creates a “seal” between the cold or hot temperatures outside, and your climate-controlled interior. By reducing the exchange of exterior air through the windows and into your room, this “total package” of cellular shade AND sidetracks significantly reduces both winter heating costs and summer air-conditioning bills.

And we’ve got DATA to back up our claims:


While the main function of the ComforTrack Plus sidetracks is to help block air exchange, as the photos above demonstrate, they do a nice job of blocking side light gaps too!


  • Minimum inside mount depth: 1 1/2″
  • Flush inside mount: 1 7/8″
  • The widest width of the window cannot exceed the narrowest width of the window by more than 3/8″
depth for tracks

Measure depth at narrowest point
(cranks, handles, locks count as obstructions)


  • Sidetracks are easy to install: Sidetracks attach to the window casing with an adhesive-backed magnet strip.
  • Tracks are made of durable, high-tech plastic.
  • Notched track at upper edge and specially designed bottom end caps provide snug fit at top & bottom of shade.
  • Increases privacy and room darkening by closing side light gaps between the shade and window frames.
top notch side tracks

Track’s notched top fits around headrail

Current Sale:

side tracks sale


For the past three years Comfortex — the company who manufactures the fabric and parts uses on your window and skylight shades — has presented consumers with some fantastic tax credit programs. For 2011 the scheme seemed to happen with little fanfare, but, as we’ve heard nothing about it being continued a fourth year, 2011 may very well end this “bonus”.

read a testimonial

CLICK to read a testimonial about cellular shades & sidetracks

What is the Federal Tax Credit for which Cellular Window Blinds qualify??

Energy Efficiency Tax Credits are available on selected products for existing home. These items include Windows, Doors, insulation Products & Systems. The ComforTrack Plus Energy Sidetracks qualifies for Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency under the insulation category: The ComforTrack Plus Insulation System is specifically and primarily designed to reduced heat loss or gain in a house.

Please note: all homeowners should consult their tax advisor to determine whether they qualify for income tax credits. You may also wish to visit

The Tax Credit offered is 10% of your purchase price with a lifetime cap of $500. By the way: “tax deductible” means you can subtract the value from your taxable income — lowering the amount you pay taxes on!

Important is the time frame: you have until 31 December 2011 to get your ComforTrack shades put into service. That means, with Production Time (currently 5-10 business days) you have until DECEMBER 9th to order your side track shades from

**Ordering by December 9th enables you to receive your order
and install your shades prior to the year-end Federal Tax Credit deadline**

Once you receive your shades,

  1. keep your receipt (we can help with misplaced receipts; email us!)
  2. print out this Certificate
  3. submit IRS Tax Form 5695

Here’s a handy list of useful web information:


check out this cool testimonial about a Cellular Window Shade, with ComforTrack Plus sidetracks purchased through our sister-site Build-It-Solar had a tricky installation, but are estimating their window-storm-shade-sidetracks now has a combined R-value of 8.3! Great close-up photos of the sidetrack system.

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.

Your Source for Insulating Cellular Shades

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

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