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The Best Insulated Blinds and Shades

Window Treatments 101

Beat the heat in summer and block the cold in winter with the right insulated window shades. And while it’s nice to save energy, lots of choices are both practical and pretty, so you don’t have to surrender your style!

It makes sense that having blinds and shades help control temperatures in your home. But did you know that some blinds and shades are better than others at keeping your home warm or cool? Sure, Roman shades and wood shutters can help block the elements. But there are other options that might better meet your insulation needs.

What are the best insulated blinds and shades?

Cellular Shades

Cellular Shades in a living room during the winter providing insulation against the cold

The best insulated window shades are cellular shades. They have a unique honeycomb shape that traps air and helps keep your home comfortable and protected from the outside temperatures.

Here are some things to keep in mind with cellular shades: 

Fabric is Better

Make sure your cellular shades are created with fabric. Unlike paper, cellular shades' soft fabric is crush resistant and wrinkle-free.

Cell Size Choices

Different cell sizes, including double cells, allow you to choose the best level of insulation for your needs. 

Options for Doors

Cellular shades are also available in a vertical orientation for sliding glass doors or patio doors. That means you can match your vertical cellular shades with your horizontal ones—so all your windows are insulated. And coordinated!

Solar Shades

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With their modern aesthetic, solar shades offer a certain cool factor. They also are a great insulated window shade, as they manage heat, daylight, and glare for optimal indoor comfort. This is due to their unique technology that blocks the sun’s rays while allowing you to view outdoors.

When picking out Solar Shades, there are different levels of openness to keep in mind.

The View Goes Both Ways with Solar Shades

It’s important to remember that whatever view to the outside you have during the day, that’s the view passersby have to the inside of your lighted home at night. If privacy is desired, but you don't want blackout solar shades, include drapery in your design scheme. 

Fabric Color and Energy Efficiency

Solar Shades and Cellular Shades are engineered to deliver energy savings and help insulate your home. They reduce heating and cooling costs but they can also maximize natural light, which means less electricity is needed for interior lighting.

How does fabric color impact energy efficiency?

Dark color fabrics 

Solar shades in a living room
  • Absorb more solar radiation to increase energy savings during colder months
  • Reduce interior glare
  • Maintain view to the outside

Light color fabrics

Cellular shades in a living room
  • Reflect more solar radiation during warmer months
  • Optimize natural light by allowing more daylight through the fabric
  • Provide diminished view-through in the daylight


Add Drapery for Increased Insulation

Just as layers work wonders for clothing, they also add extra insulation at your windows. Not only that but drapery adds a touch of sophistication to any room. It’s a win-win. For extra protection against the beating sun, consider adding a liner to your drapes. You'll also protect the fabric from the moisture of condensation at your windows.