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living room & fireplaceEver Wish you could measure your windows this morning, order your custom-made window shades tonight, and receive an email that your order has shipped two business days later?

Now your wish becomes reality at

Cellular
Window
Shades.com!

Introducing the CWS “QUICK SHIP” program: Our most popular fabrics and colors can be yours with less waiting. We still offer *FREE* UPS Ground shipping to the Continental US – but let us know if faster UPS delivery is desired.

Sally in Idaho orders a Top Down Bottom Up (Duofold) shade in color ALTO (see fabric sample) on Tuesday Night – with our new QUICK SHIP program that shade will be heading out the door in two business days. UPS will be standing at Sally’s door five business days later (unless Sally lives in the tiny area that needs one extra UPS day).

Bob in Buffalo wants a black out blind shading that street lamp in his guest bedroom. Gardenia is his color of choice, and he opts for ComforTrack Plus side tracks and the Smoothy Cord Loop lift option. He orders on Friday and by mid-next-week his order is boxed and ready to ship. Bob lives two business days from the manufacturing facilities of CellularWindowShades.com, located in Williston, Vermont.

Our QUICK SHIP is developed around our *POPULAR* fabrics and colors. What are they? Here’s a list:

LIGHT FILTERING fabrics

  • ALTO (#100) – white
  • HARP (#101) – cream
  • MANUSCRIPT (#106) – off white
  • CAMEO (#108) – warm cream
  • DANCE (#118) – light taupe
  • VIENNA WOOD (#124) – dark taupe
  • FLUTE (#131) – dark grey [while supplies last]
  • MISTY (#132) – light grey [while supplies last]
  • BATON (#180) – sand

BLACK OUT fabrics

  • GARDENIA (#3200)
  • MUSLIN (#3202)
  • LATTE (#3224)

How to order? Start with your measurements . . . for windows and skylights. Other shades – even arches – available (“standard” production times apply, although rush requests are considered).

2-Day turnaround means:
This Living Room could have
new shades by the weekend!

The news broke a few days ago: Uniforms / costumes for the U.S. Olympic team were made in China.

The Press talks of the where but why does no one mention the how much? Am I the only one rather surprised (and slightly appalled) that these expensive games are also expensively apparelled? According to the Los Angeles Times, the uniforms pictured above cost $1473 for the men’s; $1945 for the women’s.

Can you imagine that if even part of that cost per person had been donated to charity, how many dollars might have enriched the world’s “average person”?

Ralph Lauren “designs” yacht club / public school uniforms for a group of athletes and nothing beyond where the clothing was made comes under discussion?

What’s wrong with this PICTURE?

**I’m proud to say that I work for a company whose mind is on fair product pricing as well as philanthropy at home and abroad**

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UPDATE: Weekend News reports –> RALPH LAUREN was “awarded” the next Olympics, too. Winter games in 2014 will see more Ralph Lauren uniforms on the backs of American athletes.

Commentators notice the large “Polo” logo. Commercialism at its best?

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Piers Morgan on the Olympic uniforms:

“I hope those American athletes are inspired to now perform with the Vive of La France, the Rule of Britannia, and the March of the Volunteers.”

“If they do,” concluded Morgan, “then God, and Gold, will Bless America!”

Jay Leno on the Olympic uniforms:

“Looks like designer Ralph Lauren is trying to calm the controversy over the fact that those Olympic uniforms they produced were made in China. Well, he now says the uniforms they make for the 2014 winter Olympics will be made right here in the USA using our own good old-fashioned illegal immigrants.”

The Green Building Forum, in the UK, featured this recent Q&A session about blinds. One forum-poster, JT, confessed “I think I’ve been so fixated on heat loss that I hadn’t given thought to avoiding overheating.”

With July temperatures already wilting many communities, OVERheating — through glass found in windows, patio doors, and skylights — is a concern.

Of exceptional interest is James’s link to this article on Thermal Performance of Traditional Windows. I have “original” windows in my modest Cape-style home here in Vermont, and have blogged a couple of times about the value and also the historic desirability of original sash windows (never mind the landfill conundrum). This article actually uses the phrase “evidence is available to counteract some of the misconceptions about the energy efficiency of original timber sash windows“. They advocate simple repairs and “basic improvements”.

In point number 3, where there is discussion of curtains and “roller blinds”, imagine how much more effective and efficient those windows could be with Cellular window shades. We’ve got data to back up our assertions: Check out our R-values for Cellular Shades page.

If the UK strives to target U-value for windows of 2 or below then more windows should be covered by Cellular Shades: “To compare R-value and U-factor, divide 1 by the U-factor number,” says the site Efficient Windows.org. Using this to get an R-value for “high performance double-pane windows” -> with a U-factor of 0.30 on average – that equates an R-value of 3.33.

This R-value is desirable: and what comes close is the Light Filtering Cellular Window shade fabric, with an R-value of 2.8.

Add side tracks to that same shade and you’ve raised the R-value to 3.3 — and tied that “high performance double-pane” window.

Use Black Out fabric rather than Light Filtering fabric and you up those values even more: R-value of 4.0 and, if you add side tracks, 4.7.

These numbers are for SHADE ALONE. Once you factor in the window itself, you’re potentially reaching R-values in the range of 8.2.

So how does all this help with keeping OUT the hot weather, as well as keeping in HEAT during the winter months?

English Heritage has produced a video Sash Windows – Why They Are Worth Keeping. The same link also gives access to a couple of well-thought-out publications on improving thermal performance.

It’s a two-way street: What improves to keep heating inside rather than dissipating to the outdoors also helps keep the sweltering outdoor temperatures from impacting your internal temperature. If outdoor heat doesn’t enter your premises, then your cooling system — whether a/c units or fans — can relax and work much less.

CellularWindowShades.com offers the following “Handy Info” pages:

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“There is nothing quite like walking into a cool room on a hot day…”

If you answer the following question, with a YES, maybe it’s time
to research Cellular Shades and Skylights:

Do you start your air conditioning early in the morning,
and run it all day??

(for A Cooler You, Click on the link or photo)

Happy New Year’s to all our customers, readers, friends and employees!

At CellularWindowShades.com we look forward to some exciting changes in early 2012 — we’ve got a new shade style, some fantastic new colors, and — we trust — the same great customer service. Join us!

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A ‘Made in the USA’ company, CellularWindowShades.com is thankful to everyone who contacted us in 2011, made comments on our product, needed help with shade solutions, or just wanted to say ‘hi’.

We appreciate your patronage, and send out this THANK YOU to one and all!

CellularWindowShades.com Team member Michelle (pictured below with her prize!) has been tweeting Made in America products for some time now, and recently entered a contest sponsored by Draper Therapies of Canton, Mass.

  • Find Draper Therapies at their website:

From their press release:

“Through the month of August, Draper Therapies will be giving away American Flag Blankets in celebration of our heritage and our 100% USA made product line. All of our followers on Twitter and Facebook will be eligible. These snuggly throws are made by our parent company, Draper Knitting, in Massachusetts .”

“Followers” who answered the weekly question “correctly or creatively” were entered into a drawing. And here’s our Week #6 Winner:

Draper Knitting has a long family-owned history: The Drapers have operated a textile mill in Canton since 1856. Draper Therapies began in 2003.

Draper Therapies even has products for your canine and equine friends!

You can read all of August’s Q&As online at Draper’s WordPress Blog.

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.”


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