Insulate Your Home With Window Treatments

Without energy-efficient window treatments, as much as 40 percent of the heat inside a home can escape through its windows. Hunter Douglas is committed to creating energy-efficient products. The latest honeycomb innovation, Duette® Architella™, provides excellent energy-efficiency. Its patented honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb construction traps air, insulating rooms against extreme temperatures. Learn more in this brief video.

Need a Window Treatment for Your Home?

Photo: Graber

Photo: Graber

  • How will the space be used? For working, relaxation, or entertaining? Formal or informal activities? This will help define the ideal design style for your window treatments.
  • Will you be working with electronic screens in the room, including televisions, computer monitors, or other devices that are sensitive to glare?
  • Are there children or pets in your home? If so, look for window coverings with safety features (such as motorized lift and cordless lift), in materials that are easy to clean and maintain.
  • Is privacy a primary concern? This is a key consideration for bedrooms and bathrooms.
  • What is the window’s exposure? If your windows have a southern or western exposure, the room could fluctuate greatly in temperature. Direct sunlight can also bleach textiles unevenly.
  • How much light control do you need? For maximum shading at your fingertips, consider horizontal or vertical blinds. You can easily redirect the light or change the complexion of a room by rotating or tilting the slats or louvers.
  • Do you want to maintain a view? Consider the bottom up/top down option, available on cellular, Roman, pleated, and natural shades. This allows you to lower the shade from the top to let in natural light while retaining the desired view.
  • Do you open the windows frequently? Do you need easy access for cleaning? Before choosing a product, always consider the function of the window as well as the design. If you are opening and closing the window often, you may wish to consider a lighter blind or shade.
  • Are there unique architectural elements in the room? Consider window cranks, window air conditioners, baseboard heaters, light switches, wall sockets, crown moldings, beams, and chair rails, as you plan the size and scale of your window treatments.

Source: Graber

Basic Window Cord Safety

Window CordChildren and window cords don’t mix. When window cords are accessible to small children, these seemingly harmless products may become strangulation hazards.

This is especially important with older window coverings that may not meet the latest national standard for window cord safety. If at all possible, use only non-corded window coverings in homes where infants and young children are present.

If you have corded window coverings and can’t replace them with today’s safer products, check them for the following hazards and order our free retrofit kits as needed.

  • Keep all window cords well out of the reach of children. Eliminate any dangling cords.
  • Make sure that tasseled pull cords are as short as possible.
  • Check that cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit the movement of inner lift cords.
  • Continuous-loop cords on draperies and vertical blinds should be permanently anchored to the floor or wall.
  • Better Yet… replace older corded window blinds, shades and draperies with today’s safer products. And use only non-corded window coverings in homes with infants and young children.

Source: Window Covering Safety Council



How to Select Window Treatments

Janice Howell of MODA Floors & Interiors helps answer some questions about selecting the proper window treatments for your home. Is privacy an issue? Is light control important? Click on this link to learn more.

Keep Your Home Warmer in Winter, Cooler in Summer

Photo: HunterDouglas

Photo: HunterDouglas


In winter months, your home heating escapes to the outdoors through your windows while in the summertime, the outside heat flows into your home through these same windows. With window treatments that provide insulation, you can reduce energy consumption, save on heating and cooling costs, and create a more comfortable atmosphere.

Solar Heat Control

The warmth provided by the sun, its solar energy, may be desirable during the winter to help heat your home, but in the summer, it can make a room overly hot and uncomfortable—driving up air conditioning costs. Many window fashions help control solar heat by allowing it into your home in the winter and minimizing the amount that comes in during the summer.


Daylighting is the practice of lighting rooms with natural light rather than artificial light.

By drawing natural light into a room many HunterDouglas window treatments reduce the need for other types of lighting, thereby reducing your energy use.

Source: HunterDouglas





Window Covering Maintenance Tips

Window TreatmentHere are some tips to help you protect the investment you’ve made in your home’s window treatments.

  • Always spray glass cleaner on a clean cloth, not the window. This will help prevent splatters and potential damage to your window covering.
  • Don’t use water, solvents or abrasive cleaners on your wood blinds or shutters.
  • To remove dust or debris from hard-to-reach areas on honeycomb, window shades and shadings, use a hair dryer on a cool setting or canned compressed air that you can purchase at an office supply or hardware store.
  • Bathtub cleaning or water immersion, ultrasonic cleaning, injection or extraction cleaning and steam cleaning are all specialized professional cleaning treatments. Ask the company where you purchased the window treatment for referrals.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning is done at a professional facility; whereas injection or extraction cleaning can be accomplished in your home. This type of cleaning injects a cleaning solution into the fabric and extracts the dirty solution in the same motion.
  • Steaming can be used to remove wrinkles from some fabrics. Use a hand-held travel-size steamer that provides continuous steam.
  • Many aluminum and vertical vinyl blinds are specially treated to guard against static electricity and dust. If not, wipe the slats with an anti-static dryer sheet.
  • HunterDouglas aluminum horizontal blinds are treated with Dust ShieldTM, an anti-static paint additive that inhibits dust build-up.
  • The best way to clean alternative wood blinds and shutters is with a soft damp cloth.
  • Always refer to the care instructions you received when you purchased your product. When in doubt, call a long-standing business that specializes in window coverings or the manufacturer.

Window Treatments Offer Ultimate Light Control

ShadingsThe most popular and growing category of window covering options include window shadings, sheers and light louvers.

All three of these products are made from fabric and offer the ultimate in light control.  Their versatility can provide complete privacy without complete darkness by simply adjusting the vanes for the desired amount of light.

Shadings, sheers, louvers and panels are made with a wide selection of soft fabrics, including opaque and translucent materials.

Both window shadings and sheers consist of soft fabric vanes that are suspended between two sheet fabric facings. Window shadings vanes run horizontally and sheers run vertically. These vanes rotate for a filtered view allowing for complete privacy or anything in between. Both window shadings and sheers are offered in a variety of fabrics ranging in opacity, texture and color.

SheersWindow shadings, sheers and louvers are extremely versatile and can be installed in almost any room in the home. These products blend all the advantages of draperies, shades and blinds into one design. Vertical sheers work particularly well on large window patio doors or on window walls.

The elegant and sophisticated looks of these window coverings make them the perfect choice for living rooms, dining rooms or bedrooms. They work well in contemporary and traditional settings.

One of the newest window covering designs in this category is light louvers. This new window fashion has a similar look to traditional wood shutters, but has honeycomb louvers that function much like a blind. Light louvers are made of durable fabric and come in either a translucent or room darkening style. Many colors and pattern combinations are available.

These products can be installed with an inside or outside mount depending on the window molding and sill construction. Vertical sheers also come with the option of right, left or split stacking configurations.

It is important to note that window shadings and sheers may not be the best fit for pet owners. Being a sheer fabric, they may get damaged at the hand of a cat and its claws.