Tips for Keeping Your AC Running in Top Condition This Summer

It’s been a brutal summer throughout many parts of the country, with temperatures soaring and humidity rising. Thankfully, central air units and air conditioners help keep the worst of the summer climate at bay, but these modern marvels tend to break down when we need them the most—i.e., on the hottest days of summer. Central air/AC repairs and replacements can be expensive, but you can avoid them by taking a few preventative measures.

Check out Blindster’s tips below to stay cool all summer long without feeling the heat on your wallet or bank account:

Clean or replace the filter frequently.

Experts say that cleaning or replacing a dirty AC filter can improve the unit’s performance and efficiency by anywhere from five percent to 10 percent. Check your air conditioner’s manual to find out how often you should replace or clean its filter for optimum performance and unit lifespan. Dirty filters cause units to work harder to cool buildings and homes, prematurely aging them and causing components to break down faster.

Move objects that interfere with air flow.

Move objects that interfere with air flow.

A new or clean filter won’t improve your unit’s efficiency if its airflow is blocked or obstructed. Make sure your unit has plenty of space on all sides. Never store anything on or next to your unit, and be sure to trim trees, bushes, and hedges if they begin to encroach on the air near the unit.

Clean the inside of the unit and remove debris.

Clean the inside of the unit and remove debris.

The inside of central air units is protected by grates, mesh, and vent covers, but debris and foreign objects can still end up inside. Keep an eye out for things like sticks, leaves, branches, dirt, and other items that can end up in or around the interior fins. For even greater performance, wipe down the fan blades with a damp cloth and vacuum the fins using a soft-bristle brush attachment.

Replace fuses at the beginning of each season.

Replace fuses at the beginning of each season.

Fuses are in the disconnect boxes of most central air units. They are one of the key components that are prone to failure, especially when units are forced to run constantly during hot weather. However, they are prone to stress during cooler months as well, making them more likely to break down in the late spring or early summer. To avoid the risk of injury or malfunctions, consult a professional when it’s time to replace your unit’s fuses.

Lighten your central air unit’s load by protecting your windows.

Lighten your central air unit’s load by protecting your windows.

Windows are one of the biggest sources of heat entering homes, especially in the summer. Sunlight passes through the glass and instantly warms the surrounding area. The warm air then circulates throughout the home, causing the AC to work harder to keep the home cool. Protecting your windows and the interior of your home outdoor awnings, trees, thick blinds and shades, and blackout curtains can reduce your monthly electric bill and prolong the lifespan of your air conditioner.

How Can New Window Treatments Improve Your Sleep?

To perform and function at our best, most of us need seven to eight hours of quality sleep. And while many of us think we’re getting a full night’s rest, the actual quality of sleep may be poor. That can result in fatigue, grogginess, and lack of energy throughout the day. Over time, sleep debt can even result in serious health problems.

Sleep hygiene is a term used to describe good practices that will help you sleep better throughout the night. It includes tips like limiting the frequency and length of daytime naps, reducing caffeine intake, exercising, and avoiding certain foods before bedtime. But it can also include things like your bedding, room temperature, sound levels, and light exposure.

And while new window treatments won’t make your bed more comfortable, they can make your room more comfortable—and that can result in better sleep. Here’s how it works:

Window treatments protect your privacy

Window treatments protect your privacy

To fall asleep and stay asleep, you need to feel safe and secure in your home. It can be difficult to achieve that state if you’re sleeping in a room with exposed windows or flimsy window treatments that your neighbors or people on the street can easily see through. Installing thick and non-transparent window treatments in your bedroom gives you the peace of mind you need to sleep soundly night after night.

Window treatments block light

Window treatments block light

While some people are more sensitive to light than others, almost any amount of light can disrupt sleep. Without proper window treatments, you may be awakened several times at night by passing vehicles and their headlights, or by things like automatic street lights, emergency vehicle lights, flood lights, and security lights. In addition, you may be awakened by the morning sun, which is great if you’re a natural early riser, but it can set you up for a day of drowsiness and fatigue if you need to sleep in. Blinds and shades that block the sun’s rays help you stay asleep longer and wake up feeling alert and refreshed.

Window treatments block sound

Window treatments block sound

Light isn’t the only outside annoyance that can keep you up at night or wake you up too early in the morning. Cars driving by, trains passing in the distance, and neighbors mowing their lawns are all common sounds for homeowners at night and early in the morning. Having well-insulated windows helps reduce outside noises, but adding thick and heavy window treatments, such as Roman shades and wood shades, helps further muffle annoying sounds that can disrupt your sleep.

Window treatments keep your bedroom a more comfortable temperature

It’s important to keep your bedroom at a steady and cool temperature at night. However, drafts from windows can make it difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature from the time you go to sleep until you need to wake up. Getting the right window treatments adds an extra layer of insulation in your bedroom, making it easier to keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

 

What Can New Window Treatments Do for Your Home?

If you’re looking to upgrade or refresh your home’s appearance, there are no shortage of options available. From kitchen remodels and freshly painted walls, to new furniture and replacing carpet with hardwood, there’s always a major upgrade right around the corner that can breathe new life into your home.

But if you’re looking for a dramatic change that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg AND won’t take up your weekends for the next few months, buying window treatments may be the perfect option for you and your family. Blinds and shades are something that many homeowners take for granted, and it’s not until they’re either ineffective or need to be replaced that they realize how much of an impact they have on their homes’ appearance and comfort.

If you’re on the fence about ordering new window coverings, or you’re just wondering what will change if you upgrade your existing/outdated blinds and shades, check out Blindster’s list of all the ways new window treatments can liven up your home:

New lighting=new mood

New lighting=new mood

The lighting in your home plays a huge role in its ambience and its appearance. Colors that appear drab and muted can look lively and energized with the right lighting—especially natural lighting, while rooms that feel washed out or that get harsh glare during sunrise or sunset can become more comfortable if the sun’s rays are reduced or blocked completely. Many of our window treatments are between the two extremes of open and blackout, and varying degrees of light-filtering shades can transform rooms, particularly during the times of day when they get the most sunlight.

 

 

Colors, textures, and patterns can complement your furniture and décor

Have you recently redecorated or refurnished a room and feel like something is still missing or just isn’t quite right about the way everything looks? If so, it may be due to your window treatments. Blinds and shades that complement the color scheme, furniture, and decorative pieces in a room are an often-overlooked finishing touch for decorating jobs, and window treatments that clash with a room’s overall aesthetic can ruin even the most meticulous décor.

 

Reduce or block UV rays, protecting your furniture, your home, and your family

Reduce or block UV rays, protecting your furniture, your home, and your family

The sun’s rays can be intense, especially in rooms that get prolonged exposure during certain times of day. If you have exposed windows or windows that are only partially covered with drapes or curtains, you have no way of reducing or blocking the UV rays that enter your windows. Over time, that can cause fabric and other materials to fade, wood to dry out, and even your skin to become damaged.

 

Extra layer of insulation against weather and sound

Even some of the most advanced weather-sealed windows can still become drafty or cause heated/cooled air to leak out of your home and outside air to get indoors. The right window treatments will help keep your home at a comfortable temperature year-round, reducing your energy bill and your home’s impact on the environment. In addition, thick window coverings can also serve as insulation against outside noises, making them ideal for homes in busy neighborhoods or near heavily trafficked streets.

Get These Top Blinds and Shades for Your Bathrooms

When you’re in the market for new window treatments, the rooms you’re probably thinking about updating are your living room, bedrooms, dining room, and home office. One room that’s often overlooked but that can benefit from new window treatments is the bathroom. Whether it’s a guest bathroom, a master bathroom, or even a half bathroom, if it has windows, it needs window coverings.

Thankfully, To get started with finding the right blinds and shades for your home’s bathrooms, check out Blindster’s guide below:

 

Privacy Aluminum Blinds

Privacy Aluminum Blinds

Privacy is always a top concern when it comes to installing window treatments on bathroom windows. If you’re looking to save money while giving yourself and your loved one’s peace of mind, you can’t go wrong with our Privacy Aluminum Blinds. These window coverings are built with high-quality aluminum and a baked enamel finish that resists chipping and fading, even when exposed to moisture and humidity. As their name implies, these blinds are perfect for protecting privacy due to their lack of route holes. Choose from four versatile colors to match your bathroom color scheme, including White, Bone, Mocha, and Sage.

 

2” Premium Cordless Faux Wood Blinds – Group A

Looking for a clean look and a window covering that won’t wear down due to humidity and condensation? Look no further than our 2” Premium Cordless Faux Wood Blinds. These blinds look and feel almost identical to real wood, but they’re made with a synthetic blend that makes them much more resistant to humidity and moisture than actual wood. GREENGUARD® certified and approved for usage in schools in healthcare facilities, these blinds are safe to use in any environment, including bathrooms. Best of all, they’re easy to clean and designed to last for many years.

 

Premium Roman Shades Group A

Premium Roman Shades – Group A

Whether your bathrooms already have an elegant look and style and you’re looking for the missing piece—or you’re looking to liven up and beautify your bathrooms—you’ll love the look of our Premium Roman Shades. Available in a whopping 40 colors (with more than one hundred additional colors in our other groups of Roman shades), you’re sure to find the perfect match for your bathroom and overall home décor and color scheme. Manufactured with thick, luxurious fabric, these shades are excellent at protecting privacy, controlling light, and even insulating your bathrooms from outside sounds and extreme temperatures.

 

Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group B

Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades – Group B

More and more bathrooms are being designed with a natural look with things like waterfall shower heads, copper-colored sinks and countertops, hardwood floors, and skylights designed to let in as much light as possible. Our Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades are a great window covering to capitalize on this trend. In addition to being among our most striking shades, this window treatment is also highly versatile. Choose from options like top down bottom up operation, privacy and blackout liners, and 2”/4” edge binding options, as well as 10 unique colors. An eight to 10-day production time means you’ll have these delivered to your home in no time after you place your order.

The Best Durable Blinds and Shades for Your Garage

Garages are one of the last places that many homeowners consider when they’re buying new window treatments, but they’re a prime spot for adding new blinds and shades—especially if they’re detached or have large wall-side windows to match the ones throughout the rest of your home.

There are numerous benefits to having window treatments on your garage windows. First, they protect your privacy and provide the light control that you need, making them perfect for working on projects, creating a hobby space, or just protecting your vehicles from the sun’s rays. Second, they help insulate your garage, which can be huge beneficial if it’s not air conditioned. And finally, they create a more cohesive appearance with the rest of your home, particularly if you’re installing the same type of window treatment on every window.

Ready to start looking for the best blinds and shades for your garage? Check out Blindster’s guide to finding the right fit:

Cordless Aluminum Blinds

When it comes to buying window treatments for your garage, toughness and durability are some of the most important qualities to look for. Garages are known to accumulate dirt and dust, and that means your window coverings will need frequent cleaning. Our Cordless Aluminum Blinds are made with a high-quality aluminum that has a chip and fade resistant baked enamel finish. That means these blinds can withstand even the toughest conditions for years without needing to be replaced. Their cordless operation also means that they’re easy to operate and safe for homes with small children. Choose between eight distinct colors, including traditional White, Mocha, Brown, and Black to match your garage interior.

Smooth PVC Vertical Blinds

Need to cover a large garage window or a set of sliding doors? Be sure to check out our selection of vertical blinds, including our Smooth PVC Vertical Blinds. These window coverings are ideal for installation over big windows and doors. In addition, their high-quality and highly durable PVC louvers and aluminum head rail are built to last for years under the harshest conditions. Effortlessly open these blinds to let light in and close them to protect your privacy with their standard cord/chain control, or use an optional wand control for even greater customization. Choose from 10 colors to complement your garage, such as Buttermilk, Off White, Blue, and Grey.

Premium Solar Shades 5 Percent Openness

Want to preserve your outdoor view in your garage as much as possible while still protecting your family’s privacy and reducing glare? If those needs are on your window treatment checklist, you owe it to yourself to give our Premium Solar Shades a try. We offer multiple varieties with different levels of openness, which refers to how much of their view that they preserve. Our 5 Percent Openness shades are manufactured using Phifer Sheerweave® 4000 fabrics and are Greenguard® certified. In addition to being beautiful, they’re also highly durable and resistant, and they even block out 95 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays, protecting your vehicles from fading. Bacteria and fungus resistant, these shades are a breeze to clean, and they’re available in 16 colors perfect for garages, including Charcoal, Ash, and Granite, and Greystone.

Premium Motorized Blackout Double Cellular Shades

Got a large garage or shop with several windows? If so, you know that it can be a hassle to walk over to each window and manually raise or lower the shades multiple times throughout the day while you’re working. Our Premium Motorized Blackout Double Cellular Shades make it easy to raise and lower your shades at the touch of a button anywhere inside your garage. Battery-powered and operated via a single remote control that can be programmed to work with up to 15 shades, these window treatments are the ultimate in convenience and efficiency. They’re not just great at saving time, either. These shades are high-quality through and through, and their 100 percent polyester materials use an integrated foil technology that provides excellent insulation and blocks 99.9 percent of sunlight.

Room-by-Room Checklist for Buying Window Treatments

When you’re ready to buy new window treatments, it’s important to make sure that your new blinds and shades are the right fit for your home and for your needs. In addition to looking beautiful and enhancing the appearance of the room, they also need to give you the right lighting and privacy—not to mention easy operation and the optional features you need. But all those aspects of window treatments may differ from room to room in your home, and that’s why it’s important to give each room consideration before you buy new blinds and shades.

The window coverings you purchase for your living room may be perfect for that specific location in your home, but they may not be right for your home office or bedroom. Taking the time to scout out each room, including what it’s primarily used for and even its orientation towards the sun, whether any trees are near the windows, and the room’s proximity to the street or sidewalk, are all factors to consider when you’re buying new window treatments.

Don’t fall victim to buyer’s remorse—check out Blindster’s room-by-room tips before you purchase your new window treatments:

Kitchen

Kitchen

Kitchens have rapidly become the focal point for many homes, and new homes are being built with these rooms as the central hub in their floor plans. In the past, kitchens were exclusively places to prepare and cook food, but now they’re designed as places to cook, eat, and entertain. And because of the popularity of open floor plans, kitchens may segue into living rooms and dining rooms without much separation. Finding the right window treatments for this area of your home can be a challenge, but these tips can help.

  • Let the light in with sheer shades.

    Kitchens are one room in your home where you may want as much natural sunlight as possible. But simply raising your window treatments or going without them altogether can leave you exposed to harsh glare and damaging UV rays. Instead of going sans blinds and shades, consider installing sheer shades. These window treatments can absorb the damaging parts of the sun’s rays while allowing beautiful filtered light into your kitchen. At night, it’s easy to enhance your privacy by simply closing the vanes that float between the soft fabric layers.

  • Get blinds and shades that are easily cleaned and maintained.

    Your kitchen can quickly get messy when you’re preparing and cooking food. And some of that mess can end up on your window treatments. Steam, smoke, and humidity—not to mention accidental spills and splashes—can quickly turn blinds and shades into dingy shadows of their former selves. If your windows are far from your stove and sink, you likely won’t need to heed this tip, but if they’re nearby, consider going with window treatments made from synthetic materials, such as faux wood blinds and aluminum blinds for easy cleanup and maintenance.

     

Dining Room

Dining Room

Whether you have a formal or casual dining room, your window treatment needs for this room are likely different than the needs you have for other rooms in your home. Dining rooms frequently demand a certain décor and level of elegance that other rooms don’t always need, and that can influence your buying decision when you’re looking for blinds and shades.

  • Go with Roman shades, wood blinds, or even shutters.

    If there’s one room in your home to splurge on, it’s your dining room. After all, this is the room where you’re most likely to entertain guests and extended family. For shades, it’s hard to beat the timeless appeal of Roman shades, and the huge variety of colors, textures, and patterns means you’ll have an easy time finding the right match for your place sets and color scheme. Wood blinds and shutters are also great options for traditional dining rooms, as the stains and textures immediately add to the room’s elegance.

  • Choose cordless options for a smooth, built-in look.

    To maximize your dining room’s elegant look, you may want to consider cordless versions of our Roman shades and wood blinds. Although it may not seem like a big difference, the lack of a cord not only makes these window treatments safer for children and pets, but it also adds to the “built-in” look, which only further enhances the appearance of your dining room.

Living Room

Living Room

If you’re like most people, you spend a lot of time in your living room. It’s the central hub for family gatherings and relaxation. You probably have a favorite chair or section of the couch for watching TV, reading, and listening to music. Because you likely spend many of your waking hours in your living room, it’s important to make sure your window treatments are perfect for your needs.

  • Get room darkening or blackout shades for TV watching and reading.

    It’s hard to enjoy television shows, sporting events, movies, and even your favorite book when there’s a harsh glare in your face. Room darkening and blackout blinds and shades help significantly reduce the amount of harsh sunlight that enters your living room, making it easier to see what’s onscreen and what’s on the page.

  • Consider privacy blinds if your living room is near the street or sidewalk.

    In many neighborhoods, the living room is the room closest to the street or sidewalk. That can leave you feeling uneasy, especially at night when the inside of your home is lit up, making it easy to see inside from the outdoors. Privacy window treatments, such as route-less blinds, can give you peace of mind.

Bedroom

Bedroom

You spend many waking hours in your living room, but a third of your life is spent in bed. Having the right window treatments installed in your bedroom is essential for getting a good night’s sleep. That’s especially true for bedrooms located near bright street lights or bedrooms of people who work overnight shifts and need to sleep during the day.

  • Choose blackout shades with top down/bottom up options.

    If light control and privacy are of the utmost importance in your bedroom, you can’t go wrong with blackout shades. However, you may want to protect your privacy while still allowing in natural sunlight during the day and evening. Top down/bottom up shades make it easy to fill your bedroom with sunlight while still preventing anyone from seeing inside your room.

  • Consider purchasing thick blinds and shades that block outside noises.

    If there’s anything less conducive to sleep than the blinding morning sun, it’s outside noises. Whether you live in the middle of a busy and loud downtown area or near a heavily trafficked road, constant noise from car horns, ambulances, and conversations can make it hard to sleep. Thick window treatments help add an extra layer of insulation and soundproofing between the outside and your ears, muffling loud noises and silencing others.

5 Common Misconceptions about Blinds and Shades

Buying blinds and shades may seem like a simple process, but because window treatments can dramatically change the appearance of a room, many homeowners are extremely careful and do their homework before they swipe their credit cards or submit an order. To make the process even more convoluted, there are many misconceptions and myths about blinds and shades that can scare homeowners away from certain types of window coverings altogether.

It’s important to know that window treatments have come a long way in recent years. Many of the drawbacks and shortcomings that were common in past decades have been resolved via extensive product testing and a move to higher quality components and materials. That means that many of the pervasive myths and misconceptions about blinds and shades came about in an era when window treatments were less reliable and more likely to give homeowners trouble.

At Blindster, we’re here to answer any questions and address any concerns that our customers have before and after they place an order. That said, here are some of the top misconceptions about window coverings that all homeowners should know about:

Installing blinds requires special tools, expertise, or a contractor

Blinds and shades may seem complicated to mount and install, but almost anyone can install them with just a few basic tools. For example, most window treatments can be easily installed with nothing more than a drill, drill bit, screwdriver, tape measure, ruler, level, pencil, and step ladder. They also come with installation kits that include things like screws and mounting brackets.

Many window treatments are also lightweight and can be installed by a single person. Best of all, Blindster has measuring and installation instructions for all the window coverings that we sell.

Custom blinds are expensive

At Blindster, all our window treatments are custom. We take customer-provided measurements and cut blinds and shades that fit their windows perfectly. In fact, making sure all our window coverings are custom-sized and custom-cut is the only way to ensure that our customers get the fit and effectiveness that they want out of their new blinds and shades.

Options are limited for window coverings

The number of optional components and features available for window coverings is impressive. In addition to standard options like blackout and privacy liners, today’s blinds and shades include options for things like cordless operation, top down bottom up operation, continuous cord loop operation, and a huge variety of colors and textures.

It’s impossible to pick the right color, pattern, or texture when shopping online

While it’s true that things like different computers, monitors, browsers, and color profiles can make a color appear different onscreen compared to what it looks like in real life, Blindster offers a great way to get an up close and personal view of colors, patterns, and textures without any risk: samples.

We offer samples of a huge variety of our products and customers can order multiple at one time, making it easy to compare them against your furniture and existing décor to get the right color for your home.

It’s hard to keep blinds and shades clean

Some blinds and shades are more likely to accumulate dirt and dust than others, but they’re all easily cleaned. For blinds and shades that can be damaged by harsh cleaners and solutions, a feather duster and spot cleaning with a mild cleaner is often all it takes to get out stains, built-up dirt, and other debris.

However, many types of window coverings are highly durable and resistant to even the most intensive cleaning. Aluminum mini blinds and vertical blinds, for example, can be removed from their mounts and cleaned in a bathtub, while faux wood blinds can be cleaned with stronger chemical cleaning solutions without the risk of damage, discoloration, or fading.

Best Window Treatments for Different Climates

One of the best ways to insulate your home and make it more energy efficient is to install blinds and shades on your windows. But what’s best for a home in the humid South may not be the best option for a home in the dry Southwest. In addition, windows in geographic regions that get 300+ days of sunshine per year should be insulated and covered differently than windows in regions that get much less sunshine and experience cold or freezing temperatures for several months.

While any window covering is better than no window covering when it comes to insulating your home and protecting your furniture and your family’s privacy, maximizing the effectiveness of your blinds and shades by picking ones that are suited to your area’s climate can go a long way toward making your home more energy efficient 365 days per year.

For a list of the best window treatments for different climates, check out Blindster’s top picks below:

Sunny and Dry

Homeowners who live in warm, dry, and sunny climates have a wide range of options to choose from. The biggest need for many people in these area is reducing the amount of heat that enters their windows, eliminating harsh glares, and reducing the effects of UV rays.

Ideal window treatments for this geographic region include:

  • Solar ShadesMany homeowners in warm, sunny climates want to maximize the perks of living in such an area by filling their homes with natural sunlight. However, they also want to minimize the warming effect caused by sunlight and the damage its UV rays can do to their furniture and even their skin.Our Premium and Deluxe solar shades are made with Phifer Sheerweave® fabrics, which are highly durable while significantly reducing heat and glare while preserving your view of the outdoors. They’re also designed to cut down on the intensity of the sun’s UV rays, increasing the lifespan of your furniture and protecting fabric, wood, and other materials from fading.
  • Sheer ShadesIf solar shades aren’t a good fit for your home, but you still want to maximize natural sunlight to heat and light your living room, bed room, or dining room, sheer shades are an excellent alternative.These window coverings are a mixture of shades and blinds with fabric vanes floating between soft, knitted fabric sheers. Raise the vanes to get soft, diffused, and filtered light in your home that has 99 percent fewer UV rays than unblocked sunlight.

Cold and Rainy

Areas like the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast often receive large amounts of rainfall and snowfall. In the winter, windows can become a major source of heat loss for homes in these regions. At Blindster, we recommend heavy blinds and shades that can provide maximum insulation to keep warm air in and cold air out during the fall, winter, and early spring.

Some of the top window coverings for rainy and cold areas are:

  • Roman ShadesRoman shades are thick and heavy like a winter coat. And just like your favorite winter clothing, these window treatments are designed to ward off cold air and keep drafts at bay. Our Premium Roman shades are available in four groups—A, B, C, and D—with dozens of colors to choose from in each category.When combined with energy efficient or newly insulated windows, these shades are the ultimate in keeping your home protected the harsh elements outside. Raise them during the day to naturally heat your home when the sun is out and lower them at night to seal the warm air indoors. Finally, pair them with a blackout liner for extra privacy, light reduction, and insulation.
  • Wood BlindsNothing completes the look of a stately New England home or a rustic cabin nestled in the Pacific Northwest quite like wood blinds. Our real wood blinds are made from kiln-dried American basswood, which is harvested from forests in the Eastern USA and Canada. For many homeowners, there’s no substitute for the subtle textures and colors found in actual wood grain, and that’s why we use only the highest-quality wood in our manufacturing process.Real wood blinds are great at insulating homes and acting as a barrier between your living room, bedroom, or office and cold, rainy drafts outside. The best part about installing wood blinds in wet and cold climates is the fact that they seamlessly match almost all furniture and décor that’s native to those areas.

Sunny and Rainy

Florida is known as the Sunshine State, but anyone who lives there knows that rain showers are a frequent occurrence—as are high levels of humidity. All the moisture in the area can cause some types of window treatments to fade, warp, or even mildew over long periods of time, especially if they’re exposed to the elements due to open windows or doors.

These window treatments are designed to hold up against both the sun’s damaging rays and the effects of frequent high humidity:

  • Faux Wood BlindsFaux wood blinds are created using synthetic materials, such as vinyl and vinyl compound materials. However, they look and feel extremely similar to real wood. But unlike wood blinds, faux wood blinds are designed to stand up to harsh conditions. Real wood is susceptible to warping and discoloration due to things like constant sunlight exposure and humidity, but faux wood was specifically designed to be used in humid conditions such as bathrooms, kitchens, and garages.With these blinds, you’ll have peace of mind in even the wettest and sunniest climates. Feel free to leave your patio doors and windows open and let in a fresh breeze, as the hardy construction of faux wood blinds means that they’ll be no worse for the wear even after years of exposure to moisture and high humidity.
  • Aluminum BlindsWant blinds that are easy to clean, resistant to fading, and durable enough to hold up for many years? If so, you can’t go wrong with our aluminum blinds. These window coverings are extremely common in homes, apartments, and businesses throughout the world for good reason. They work well in virtually any climate and thrive under even the harshest conditions.In addition to being highly effective at blocking out light and protecting your privacy, aluminum blinds are also ideal for warm and humid climates. Like faux wood blinds, aluminum blinds won’t mold or mildew and can be easily cleaned with solutions that might damage other types of window coverings.

2017 Window Treatment New Year’s Resolutions

Many people use a new year as an opportunity to start a fitness program, take up a new hobby, or accomplish an important goal at work. But at Blindster, we like to think of a new year as the perfect time to solve any issues you have with window treatments in your home. Getting the right blinds and shades in each room can make a huge difference in your home’s overall appearance, and it can even improve your quality of sleep and your overall satisfaction with your home.

Best of all, buying and installing new window treatments is one of the most “bang for your buck” home upgrades—especially if you’re looking to make a big change in 2017 but you’re on a strict budget. We have blinds and shades that are doable on almost any budget, and they’re all built with high-quality materials that are designed to last for many years.

Take control of your home’s lighting, insulation, and privacy the right way by following these window treatment New Year’s resolutions:

 

Get window coverings for your bare windows.

Get window coverings for your bare windows.

Whether it’s the windows in your spare bedroom, basement, or even your living room, bare windows can significantly detract from the appearance of a room. In addition to conveying a “just moved in” look, they’re also privacy risks and can result in fluctuating temperatures and even faded furniture. If you have bare windows, your priority in 2017 should be covering them. If you’re on a strict budget, you can’t go wrong with our Cordless Aluminum Blinds or our 2” Super Value Faux Wood Blinds.

 

Take control of the lighting in your bedrooms, living room, and home office.

Bright sunlight or even bright street lights can make it difficult to sleep, relax, and work. And in many cases, certain types of window treatments aren’t sufficient to block out sunlight that keeps you up at night or artificial light that prevents you from getting your work done. If you’re unhappy with the window treatments in your bedrooms, living room, or home office, replace them with blinds or shades that will get the job done. For the ultimate in light blocking, check out our Premium Blackout Fabric Roller Shades Group A, which are made with 100 percent high-end polyester and are designed to absorb the sun’s bright and damaging UV rays before they can enter your home.

 

Order the window treatments you’ve always wanted.

Are you bored with your window treatments? Does a friend or family member have shades that you’re dying to install in your own home? If so, treat yourself in 2017 and take the plunge by ordering the window coverings you’ve always wanted. When it comes to luxury in terms of both materials and appearance, you’ll love our huge selection of Roman shades. Our Premium Roman Shades are available in four varieties—groups A, B, C, and D—with dozens of colors available in each group. These shades are highly customizable, with options like pleated and hobbled folds, cordless lifts, top down/bottom up operation, and blackout liners.

 

Clean your existing window treatments

Clean your existing window treatments.

Already got window treatments that you love, but perhaps they’re looking a bit dingy as of late? If so, it’s nothing that a little elbow grease and light cleaning can’t fix. For aluminum, faux wood, and wood blinds, use a fabric duster to collect dirt, dust, pollen, and other debris from the slats. Then, use a lightly dampened cloth or sponge to wipe away any extra dirt. For shades, a duster and a vacuum are great ways to reduce dust, while heavy stains may require more intensive cleaning solutions. Always attempt a test spot when using mild (never harsh) cleaning solutions to avoid staining or fading the fabric.

 

Make your outdoor area more comfortable with exterior shades

Make your outdoor area more comfortable with exterior shades.

Whether you’re lounging by the pool or enjoying fresh air on your patio, the sun’s heat and harsh glare can make difficult to relax for more than just a few minutes at a time without overheating or worrying about a sunburn. Exterior shades are the perfect way to reclaim your home’s outdoor area so that you can enjoy your view year-round and even on the hottest summer days when the sun’s rays are at their most intense. We have two options to choose from—a shade that blocks 95 percent of UV rays and a shade that blocks 90 percent of UV rays. Both maintain your view and are available in six colors, and they’re both the perfect solution for an outdoor area that otherwise puts your skin and eyes at risk of sun-related damage.

 

Childproof and pet-proof your home with cordless options and cord cleats

Childproof and pet-proof your home with cordless options and cord cleats.

At Blindster, we offer free cord cleats with the purchase of any window treatments that utilize cords for lifting and lowering. If you have cord-operated window treatments and don’t have cord cleats installed to keep them safely tucked away, get them as soon as possible—especially if you have pets or small children. These small plastic or metal devices can make a huge difference in your home’s overall safety. If you’re looking to purchase new blinds or shades, consider trying cordless options. As you might expect, these types of window coverings are naturally safe for kids and pets due to the lack of cloth, nylon, or metal cords and chains.

Everything You Could Want to Know About Cellular Shades

When Cellular Shades came on the market they were one of the most innovative window treatment options to be released in a very long time. Their popularity grew because of their effectiveness at reducing energy costs by reducing a home’s total thermal loss. Whether you’re already a cellular shade fan or you’re looking for a reason to buy, this list will tell you everything you could want to know about cellular shades.

They Were Released in 1985

Today’s cellular shade began with the launch of Hunter Douglas’s 1985 Duette Honeycomb Shades. They had the same cellular structure we know now and were advertised as being soft, durable and highly energy efficient. Since then, many other companies have created their own versions of those shades and began referring to them mainly as cellular shades.

Their Design Makes Them Energy Efficient

Most of the heat transfer in your home happens through windows and doors. The individual cells within the shade hold air, creating a barrier between the window surface and the indoor room, making them much more protective than regular shades.

They Come in Several Styles

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Cellular shades can come in multiple layers of cells; each extra layer provides more heat and light control inside your home. The layers act as insulation around your windows, keeping out heat in the summer and the warmth in during winter.

Color Makes a Difference

Changing the color of your cellular shade can also affect its ability to reduce heat transfer. The darker the shade, the more light filtering you are going to get inside your home.

Two Shades in One

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Day/Night cordless cellular shades are part light filtering and part blackout. The light filtering part of the shade can be scrunched up to reveal the blackout shade and the blackout shade can be scrunch down to use the light filtering shade. It is the ultimate in window treatment flexibility!

Easy to Maintain

Cellular shades tend to be more durable than horizontal blinds, which can become bent and unsightly. They are typically made from spun lace and bonded polyester that is easy to dust and clean.