Beat the Heat with Window Shades

by | May 24, 2018 | Commercial Window Tint, Residential Window Tint

As most of the U.S. emerges from winter, the cold, snowy days will soon become a memory, and the warmth of springtime will begin issuing in to announce the change of seasons. Following close on the heels of springtime is the even warmer weather of summer, and before you know it, we’ll all be complaining about how warm it is inside the house, instead of how chilly it was during winter. Not everyone likes to blast the air conditioning inside to keep their interior livable — many people like to do whatever they can to keep the heat down without running the A/C all the time and racking up an expensive electric bill. One of the best ways to beat the heat in summer is by installing window shades in your home or office. Along with many other effective and simple tactics, Total Blinds & Window Tinting can help keep the temperature inside manageable.

Albuquerque Cellular Shades

The reason that window shades are so effective at keeping the temperature inside down is that they limit the effects of heat gain. Heat gain or solar gain is the condition which results from sunlight filtering through a window and being absorbed by objects inside, thereby raising the interior temperature. When that heat is unable to get back outside again, it has the effect of making the interior warmer and warmer. Cellular shades, or as they are sometimes known, honeycomb shades, limit the amount of heat gain that penetrates to the interior by creating a neutralizing cell where the heat becomes trapped. By making the street facing side a lighter color, far less heat will be absorbed, while the interior side of cellular shades can be any color whatsoever. In many cases, cellular shades in Albuquerque can substantially lessen the impact of the solar gain on the interior of your home or office.

Effective Resistance to Heat Gain

Because window shades can be made of fabrics which filter out most of the light and heat, they can be very effective at keeping the temperature controlled in any given room where they’re installed. If you’re trying to completely eliminate light, you can also use room darkening shades since these will eliminate the majority of light entering a room. But you won’t need to make a room dark just to keep it cooler inside — light filtering cellular shades will reduce the impact of sunlight quite nicely to keep things comfortable too. The U.S. Department of Energy has declared strategic management of window coverings like shades and blinds can eliminate up to 80% of all heat gain which is normally associated with warm summer days. Window shades must be drawn closed all day in order to be as effective as possible, but that does not mean your home will be dark. Finding the balance of room darkening and light filtering shades is Total Blinds & Window Tinting’s specialty.

Who Sells Window Shades and Cellular Shades in Albuquerque?

The best variety and the most affordable window shades you can find in the entire region are available at Total Blinds and Window Tinting of Albuquerque, NM. For all your home or office needs with window shades or cellular shades in Albuquerque, contact us at your earliest convenience. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have, discuss some options, or provide you with a free in-home consultation and estimate for your needs and style.