Insulating cell shades by Las Vegas Shutter Company - Summerlin Henderson Ken GreggFrom Summerlin to Henderson, Las Vegas has been feeling the winter-like temperatures from the polar vortex blanketing the US.

It’s days like this that make us think about ways to make our homes warmer, even in the desert.  You can lose 20% or more of your home’s heat just through windows.BUT, with  cellular shades or honeycomb shades, you can preserve much of the home’s climate without losing the natural light in the room.  Cellular shades are easy to clean and maintain.  They stack almost completely so you don’t see them when they are raised. …and the main benefit is that they can more than double the energy efficiency of double pane windows that don’t have a shade.

There are many different customizations you can make for cell shades, including lift options, fabric types, colors and cell sizes.

Cellular shades with honeycombs that are less than three-eighths of an inch are classified as “small cell shades.” These are typically very flexible, and give the end user excellent insulating properties. Small cells allow window treatments to have multiple cells for added insulation.

Mid-sized cells are in the range of a half inch. Most single cell shades are usually considered mid-sized. Like the smaller honeycombs, they are still fairly flexible, however, they don’t offer as much insulation as the small cells.

Larger cell shades don’t provide the end customer as much insulation as small or medium sized shades, but larger sized honeycombs support large window treatments very well, and should be considered for large windows.

Energy efficiency is a real economic benefit and investing in cell or honeycomb shades can pay for itself quickly through increased energy savings!

Now is a great time to evaluate energy-saving options for your home in Henderson, Summerlin or anywhere in the Las Vegas area. Please contact Las Vegas Shutter Company to learn more.  Ken Gregg has been installing shades, shutters, blinds and all other kinds of home window coverings for two decades. Call Ken directly at 702.896.6900 and he will give you a free in-person consultation.

Plantation shutters are among the most durable window treatments and can last for years if properly maintained. However, their efficient design doesn’t mean you can completely ignore them after installation. Here are a few tips on how to keep your plantation shutters clean.

TIP #1:

Fill a container with about a half-gallon of water, preferably distilled water, although it is not required. For more difficult to remove dirt or stains, use a water-based household cleaner or add a small amount of mild soap or detergent to the water.

DON’T use chlorine based cleaners or other cleaners containing organic solvents. These can degrade the surface appearance and durability of the shutters.

TIP #2:

Use a soft cloth and dip it into the water and cleaner. Clean both sides of the shutters, watching for the small areas between strings that may be missed by the cloth and require extra attention.

DON’T use cleaning utensils with rough edges that may scratch or damage the louvers (slats).

TIP #3:

Dip a dry cloth into a new container of clean water and wipe all the louvers, or slats, of the shutters with the damp cloth. This will remove any remaining cleaning residue, which could reduce the durability of your shutters.

TIP #4

Dry the shutters with a soft, dry cloth. This is important even for synthetic shutters, but VERY important for real wood shutters to avoid warping the shutters from water absorption.

TIP #5

Call Ken Gregg if you have any additional questions.  He and his team have been installing shades, shutters, blinds and all other kinds of home window coverings for two decades in Henderson, Summerlin and all over the Las Vegas area. You can reach Ken directly by calling 702.896.6900 .