While there is not doubt that Hunter Douglas Window Treatments can add style and flair to any room, many people do not realize their energy and cost saving features that can make a difference in your home and your wallet. Did you know that nearly 50% of a home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost as a result of uncovered or poorly insulated windows? In the Winter, heat can escape your home through the windows, while it can enter your home through the windows in the Summer. Installing energy efficient shades can save you money, reduce your energy consumption, and help you maintain a comfortable temperature no matter what time of year.
Hunter Douglas offers a selection of honeycomb shades that are the ideal product when energy efficiency and insulation are the top priority. Duette Honeycomb Shades have been a popular product since 1985, when they were developed by Hunter Douglas in response to the energy crisis of the late 1970’s. Duette shades boast a variety of fabric styles and colors that make them extremely versatile for any room. These honeycomb shades are also available in several operating systems including a cordless operation known as LiteRise, and PowerView Motorization which allows you to control the blinds with a remote, a smart phone, or even your smart home devices!
How Does a Duette Insulate a Window?
The distinct honeycomb shaped cell of a Duette traps inert air within the cell. This trapped air is a poor conductor of heat which means that your heat stays inside during the winter and does not come in through the window during the summer. Additionally, the larger the cell, the more insulating the shade becomes. The most common size that we sell is the 3/4″ pleat. This allows for the perfect level of insulation but also looks great in any window.
While the energy efficient qualities of a Duette are appealing, there are several other benefits to the product that make them ideal for any home. Duettes are available in Top Down/Bottom Up which allows the top of the shade to be lowered to see out, but still maintain privacy on the bottom. Additionally, Duettes have one of the smallest profile of all the Hunter Douglas products. This means that Duettes are a great choice for windows that do not have large depths, or if you are looking for a shade that nearly disappears when in the open position. Duettes can also improve the acoustics of your room by blocking exterior sound by up to 70%. Give us a call today to set up a consultation for your windows!