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Roller Shades to Beat the Heat

Design Advice by 3 Day Blinds
With the official start of summer just days away, increased amounts of sunshine and hotter temperatures are sure to follow. Depending on what part of the U.S. you live in, your home’s interior may be subjected to significantly high doses of sunlight. This increased, often intense outdoor light can raise your home’s interior temperature, forcing your home’s air conditioning to kick in more often than you’d like, with higher energy bills waiting in your mailbox.  In addition to oven-like temperatures, unwanted sunlight can be your furniture’s worst enemy, even beyond your rambunctious pets, causing irreparable sun fading damage. Fortunately, there are several window treatments that offer superior protection from both the increased heat and color-fading impacts of sunlight. 

How Light Control is Measured

Before venturing into what can be an overwhelming world of window coverings, it’s important to understand the somewhat confusing terms used to describe light control (opacity). It should first be noted that opacity applies almost exclusively to window shades: Cellular Shades, Roller Shades, Roman Shades, etc. For the most part window blinds don’t come in different opacities. Opacity and light control are synonymous in the realm of window treatments, and many window shades offer a spectrum of opacity levels, such as sheer, semi-sheer, semi-opaque, and opaque. 

Opacity, for all window shades, refers to the amount of light that a given material allows to pass through.  Why is this important?  Imagine, you buy some new cellular shades for your bedroom but because you didn’t understand the difference between sheer and opaque, your shades allow way too much light to pass through and every morning you are awoken by an over-abundance of sunlight. You probably wouldn’t be happy with your purchase.

“Rollers” to the Rescue…Without Sacrificing Style Points.

Although there are a wide variety of window fashions that offer varying degrees of opacity, a few are especially noteworthy. One of these includes Roller Shades. Whether you are looking to create a modern, chic look or just want added versatility in window fashions, today’s Roller Shades are a superb choice. Roller Shades are a favorite for pairing with other window treatments, and are available in a wide range of unique, textured materials, styles, and colors. And because they come in a variety of opacities, Roller Shades are an excellent choice for tailoring just the right amount of outdoor light for your room. They’re also a great option if you are looking for a room darkening treatment for a media room or day sleeper. 

Light Filtering to Fit Your Lifestyle.

3 Day Blinds offers a wide selection of styles, opacity levels and colors to choose from. Select from elegant, sheer fabric weaves that reduce glare while also allowing you to enjoy your view to the outside. Each fabric has an opacity percentage. The lower the number, the less UV light can come through the fabric. For example: a 1% opacity level means that 1% of UV light will come thought that particular fabric, while a fabric with a 5% opacity level will allow 5% of the UV light to come through. In addition, 3 Day Blinds offers a selection of state-of-the-art operating systems, including Standard Continuous Cord Loop System, Cordless System, and our remote-control, trend-forward Motorized System. 

For more information on the light filtering benefits of Roller Shades, please call 855.401.4022 or schedule your complimentary in-home design consultation with one of our highly trained Design Consultants.

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