Honeycomb shades are the perfect combination of style and energy efficiency.
No shade on the market reduces as much heat as a honeycomb shade, which are made of pleated materials that fold-up. According to the Department of Energy, honeycomb shades can reduce heat on a window by up to 60 percent and can reduce electric bills by 10 to 15 percent.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the air pocket in the honeycomb cross-sections act as insulators, giving them the highest R-values of all window coverings. An R-value is used to tell the amount of heat a window covering resists.
Hunter Douglas was the first manufacturer to earn a national energy performance rating for interior window covering products through AERC (Attachments Energy Rating Council). AERC rates each window covering on a scale from 0 to Max for improvement ratings, measuring both cool and warm climates.
Warm climates have a maximum rating of 50. Hunter Douglas’ most energy-efficient honeycomb shades, the Duette Architella Calypso and Duette Architella Reception each score 48 out of 50 for their blackout cellular shades. Those same shades, in light filtering, score a 42. Both room darkening and light filtering honeycomb shades provide impressive energy savings, with the blackout honeycomb shades providing the most energy efficiency of any window treatment.
Honeycomb shades are so energy efficient that the federal government is currently offering a federal tax credit for Hunter Douglas and Alta honeycomb shades. All blackout and room-darkening fabrics qualify for the tax credit, and certain non-blackout fabrics also qualify. Customers receive a 30 percent tax credit up to $1,200.