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.

The sun here is not trivial. It’s intense almost all year round, as you know.

sun damaged carpetThe effects of the sun’s ultraviolet light is constant and destructive. Carpets and wood floors, especially, can endure permanent damage with just a little bit of regular sunlight exposure. Ultraviolet (or “UV”) light literally bleaches your floors and carpets.  The sun’s infrared light (“IR”) is where the heat comes from.

The extreme solution is not to have the sunlight come into the room, but a sunless room isn’t what most of us want.  Blinds, curtains, shutters or shades can help regulate sunlight, but the intensity of the Las Vegas sun can even damage these window coverings. Not protecting your floors and even your window coverings means thousands of dollars of repair work every couple of years.

So, what’s the solution?

Solar screens.

howsolarscreenswork-1The majority of sunlight striking an unprotected glass window passes through into the home, and a small percent is reflected. Solar screens reduce the amount of sunlight striking the window. Most of the sun’s heat is absorbed or reflected by the screen and carried away by convective air currents created by the warm screen. In midsummer, as much as 230 BTUs can heat up an unprotected square foot of glass. This is a scientific way of saying you can almost cook on unprotected glass that receives direct sunlight!

With solar screens from Las Vegas Shutter Company, up to 90% of the sun’s heat and glare can be deflected and dissipated before it strikes the window.

Call Ken Gregg if you have any additional questions about solar screens and how they can help your home and protect your home’s interior.  Ken can help you review all of your options and show you some samples.  He and his team have been installing solar screens, sun shade treatments 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 .