Honeycomb shades, also referred to as cellular shades, are among the best performing window treatments in the world. The unique design and construction of honeycomb shades makes them remarkably energy efficient and an effective solution for privacy and room darkening. However, that’s not to say honeycomb shades are necessarily the right window treatment for your home. To help you decide, here’s a closer look at some of the main advantages and drawbacks of honeycomb shades. A window treatment installer in Chicago can answer questions and provide greater insight to help you decide on the best motorized window treatments for your home.

Excellent Insulating Properties
Honeycomb shades feature a layered design that provides excellent insulating properties. In fact, these shades will keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer as opposed to almost any other window treatment on the market. However, honeycomb shades are such good insulators that your home or business may become too warm in the winter and uncomfortably cool in the summer.

Top-Down/Bottom-Up Design
Honeycomb shades are available in a Top-Down/Bottom-Up design, which means that the shades can raised from the bottom or lowered from the top. This means you can maintain your view outside and let some natural light without affecting privacy. The drawback of Top-Down/Bottom-Up honeycomb shades is that unless you have automatic shades installed, you’ll have two cords for each blind, which can create quite a tangled mess and may also detract from the room’s desired aesthetic.

Motorized Functionality
If you want to enjoy convenience and comfort of honeycomb shades without cords or manual operation, you’ll be happy to know that these shades are available with motorized functionality. With the touch of a button you can raise or lower any honeycomb shade in your home or business to set the mood, increase privacy, block sunlight, or take in the view.

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