Sunlight is necessary for our overall well being, especially in these covid-19 stay-at-home times, but it has to be controlled or it will cause problems in your home. Sun makes a room too hot in the summer and greatly raises air conditioning bills. It also damages furnishings and flooring. And when sunlight shines right in your face or on the television or your computer, it can be uncomfortable and annoying.
Window treatments are the solution. And there are window treatments that are specially designed to cut down on glare and heat.
Wood blinds and shutters are good choices for light control because they allow you to angle the sun as it comes through the window. At certain times of the day you may want to focus the light up and away from the television or your computer screen. But you can keep the room bright by allowing the sun in, but just face it away from expensive furnishings. This flexibility is what makes horizontal window treatments, like blinds and shutters, good options.
Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, provide insulation and are extremely energy efficient. They are available in a broad spectrum of colors and textures, and can be custom shaped to fit any window – even unusual shapes, like arch windows. Cellular shades are available from sheer all the way up to complete blackout for maximum heat control. The light filtering cellular shades are perfect for letting light into your room without the added heat or fading UV rays. These shades are especially good for skylights. And since the skylight windows are so high, motorization is the perfect answer.
Many window treatments have a “top-down” option in addition to the usual bottom up option. The control mechanism draws the shade open from the top instead of pulling it open from the bottom. The ultimate in versatility is “top-down, bottom-up” window shades, which offer you the ability to operate the shade in any direction to meet all your light control and privacy needs.
If you love natural light but still want to control the glare, try Hunter Douglas’s Silhouette shadings. This shade has a soft fabric vane suspended between two sheers and is a master of light diffusion transforming harsh sunlight into natural daylight. The UV protection is up to 88% which is excellent, for a sheer, at providing UV protection and a little daylight privacy. Luminette privacy sheers are the vertical version of the Silhouette and also has superior UV protection and light control.