Control the light and heat from above
WHERE ARE YOUR SKYLIGHTS?
Pay close attention to where your skylights are located. If they’re in areas where you get a lot of sun—especially bedrooms or media rooms—you might want to consider skylight shades with a room-darkening or blackout fabric. And if they’re in rooms like kitchens that don’t require complete darkness, choose a fabric that will bring in natural light while still blocking harsh rays. Keep in mind, though, that skylights are often focal points of a room, so you’ll want a skylight window covering that doesn’t detract from the décor, but adds to the overall style.
SKYLIGHTS + CELLULAR SHADES = ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Cellular shades like Duette® Honeycomb Shades, are one of the most popular skylight window treatments because their cellular design provides a layer of insulation at the window. For even more energy efficiency, there’s a honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb shade called Duette® Architella® that features more layers of fabric and insulating air pockets. Considering how much sun might be coming through your skylights and the fact that up to 50% of a home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost through your windows, Duette Architella shades can be a very worthwhile investment.
SKYLIGHT OPERATING SYSTEMS: MAKING THE RIGHT MOVE
It’s easy to find operating systems made specially for skylight blinds and shades. For example, Duette and Duette Architella honeycomb shades from Hunter Douglas are available with a Skylift™ system that lets you control your shades either manually with a hand crank or telescoping pole for hard-to-reach skylight windows, or automatically with the PowerView® Motorization system.
SKYLIGHT VERTICAL BLIND SOLUTIONS
Skylight vertical blinds are also an option for skylight windows. They are available in a wide range of colors and textures to fit any décor, from traditional to contemporary. A really nice feature is that they offer 75% UV protection, which can help prevent your furnishings from fading. They also help reduce outside noise. These skylight blinds provide full rotation and traverse capabilities and are available as left, right, center or split stack.