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Cut Energy Expenses This Summer with Hunter Douglas Motorized Shades

Learn how energy-efficient honeycomb shades better insulate your Virginia Beach home

Cut Energy Expenses This Summer with Hunter Douglas Motorized Shades

Like many other residents in Virginia Beach, you probably start racking up higher energy bills during summer when the weather turns hot, humid, and sunny. Should you sacrifice your comfort at home to lower the A/C and save a little money on the next electric bill?

No, you shouldn’t — and with Hunter Douglas motorized shades, a sacrifice isn’t necessary. Hunter Douglas has perfected the shading design and technology for energy-efficient window treatments that insulate your home and reduce solar heat gain during summer. Not only that, but their curated collections of shades and blinds look stunning with any home décor. Keep reading to learn how Hunter Douglas shades can help lower your energy expenses this summer.

SEE ALSO: Install Smart Climate Control for a More Comfortable Home


Lower Energy Costs During Summer…..

According to the EPA, approximately 76% of sunlight that falls on standard, double-pane windows enters the home to become heat. With that much heat coming into your home, the HVAC system is forced to work continuously to keep the indoor environment cool and comfortable. The harder the HVAC has to work, the more power it needs — and the higher your electric bill rises.

Honeycomb shades (also called cellular shades) are the most energy-efficient shading solution on the market. The unique honeycomb design encloses dozens of small pockets between two layers of material. The insulating pockets trap warm air at the windows and prevent it from entering the home as heat. Hunter Douglas sells two honeycomb shade collections: Duette® Honeycomb Shades and Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades. The Duette Architella line is designed with a honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb style, with an increased number of pockets that deliver more effective and efficient insulation. Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades come in a variety of colors and fabrics to meet your interior design standards.

If honeycomb shades aren’t to your taste, Hunter Douglas offers a variety of custom shades, blinds, drapery and shutters for all window types. These other styles of motorized window treatments still provide insulation to reduce solar heat gain in your home, but to a lesser degree than honeycomb shades.

…..and Year-Round

Motorized shades — and honeycomb shades in particular — provide energy-saving benefits year-round, not just during summer. According to the EPA, approximately 30% of a home’s heating energy is lost through windows. Tightly installed honeycomb shades and other types of blinds seal your home’s windows and prevent warm air from escaping when the heater is running. Better insulation allows your HVAC system to work more efficiently, resulting in less energy output and more savings on your next electric bill. 

Take Advantage of Automation and Scheduling

Hunter Douglas shades are straightforward to operate — raise, lower, or adjust the level of any shade in your home with the press of a button on a smartphone, tablet or handheld remote. You can schedule shades to raise or lower at specific times of day or automate them to move with sunrise and sunset to ensure you’re reaping the maximum energy-saving benefits. If you forget to adjust the shades before you leave home or the weather changes suddenly during the day, remotely access the shading system on your smartphone to make adjustments wherever you are. 

WSC Smart Home Designers is your trusted Hunter Douglas dealer and shading integrator in Virginia Beach. If you’re ready to reap the cost benefits of motorized shades, call us, fill out a contact form, or begin a live chat on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!

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