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Save On Your Energy Bills with 3 Considerations

Save On Your Energy Bills with 3 Considerations wjfigw4q3

Are you enjoying your summer? The sunshine and blue skies we’ve been having are what we look forward to all winter long, but the heat sure is on this year. Whew! With temperatures climbing into the 90s and intense sunshine on top of that, it’s probably taking a toll on your home and your energy bills. Are you, your air conditioner, and your wallet ready for some sweet relief? Window coverings can turn your home from sweltering  to comfortable–like a summertime oasis. Here are three things to consider as you choose window coverings to help you save on your energy bills this summer–and all year long.

Save with Features for Location

save on your energy bills NYCThe direction your windows face makes all the difference when it comes to how sunshine interacts with your home. North and south facing windows won’t get the intense direct rays that east and west facing windows do. Choosing window coverings that offer the right features for the location of your windows can really help you to save on your energy bills. For east and west facing windows, insulation at the window is key, and you’ll often want ways to reduce glare and draw in light with north and south facing windows. Top down bottom up operation is great for that. Oftentimes you need completely different features for the window shades in your living room as compared to those in your bedroom. That’s why Hunter Douglas offers fabrics, materials, and textures that work well with many window covering styles. You get all the beauty and all the benefits! By carefully selecting the features of your window shades, you can keep the summer sun’s heat from plaguing your home–and your energy bills–while still enjoying the benefits of natural light, privacy, and view-through.

Save with Automation

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If you want to experience serious energy savings, then we have two words for you: PowerView motorization. With motorized shades, you set the scenes along with the schedule, and it takes care of the rest. PowerView adjusts your window shades automatically throughout the day, so your home’s atmosphere is always ideal. As the sun moves, so do your shades. In fact, you can even program PowerView to adjust your window coverings based on your ever-changing local sunrise and sunset times. With an automatic schedule, intense sun doesn’t get a chance to heat up your home regardless of whether you’re there or not. And when you are away, you can control your shades at the touch of a button with the PowerView App from your favorite device! Convenience, comfort, and consistency…PowerView is a sure way to save on your energy bills and upgrade your lifestyle.

Save with Energy-Efficiency

save on your energy bills NYCIf your air conditioner is running non-stop on hot days, or if you’re sacrificing your comfort to cut costs, it’s time for a better solution. Obviously if you’re looking to save on your energy bills, you want to increase the energy-efficiency of your home. But, how? Window shades are one of the best ways to do that. Bare windows magnify the sun and heat–which means it can be hotter inside your home than out! Energy-efficient window coverings have the ability to insulate your home, so they help maintain a consistent temperature. That means your air conditioner doesn’t need to work as hard, and that translates into both comfort and savings for you! Duette shades are the industry leader when it comes to energy-efficiency. Their cell-within-cell structure provides pockets of air that protect your home from the elements just outside your windows. It’s no wonder why they’ve earned the highest ranking.

Start to Save On Your Energy Bills…

Don’t spend another gorgeous summer day dreading the effects of the sun on your home and wallet. It’s time to save on your energy bills with window coverings that are just right for your unique spaces. On top of increasing energy-efficiency, they’ll also add style, sophistication, and the benefits of light control and privacy. So, contact us today, at Metropolitan Window Fashions, for a free, in-home consultation.

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Skylights Shades: Our Best Products

Skylights Shades: Our Best Products wjfigw4q3

With the exhilaration of sunshine and open air, your skylights bring unique characteristics and benefits to your home. You enjoy privacy while maintaining beautiful natural light. They direct ample amounts of light differently than any of your other windows. In a word: Magnificent. But…because of their location, skylights can provide as much frustration as beautification. And while you can find many ways to block out the sunshine, the best skylight shades will enhance the atmosphere of your home while offering you all of the amazing benefits you need: energy efficiency, functional light control and UV protection.

Honeycomb Shades: The Best Choice

Because skylights are a very specific type of window, with a unique location in your home, certain window coverings will perform better. For the stylish appearance and functional benefits you need, two of our window shades are the recommended products when shopping for skylight shades. Duette shades and Applause shades are the best products for your home when it comes to solving your skylight concerns. These shades for skylights bring energy efficient design, innovative operating features and fabrics enhanced for your lifestyle and chosen for individual rooms.

Energy Efficiency: Twice the Control

skylight shades kitchenHeat rises, and when you have skylights, heat loss is a major concern. Both Duette and Applause shades offer the cellular pleats, with pockets of air, that provide insulation for your windows. This cell-within-cell design allows you to hold onto heat, instead of it escaping. Here on the East Coast, that’s important. Another dynamic feature of skylight shades is one you may not have heard about. Skylift–an innovation of Hunter Douglas–upgrades your skylight shades, for energy efficient performance. Specialized weather stripping provides you with more protection against heat loss. Two levels of energy efficiency for insulation that equals cost savings!

Functions Easily: Operable Skylight Shades

motorized skylight shadesOne of the most asked questions when dealing with skylights is “How do they Operate”?  Typically, these shades are located in hard to reach areas, and you will need to be able to operate them easily to control when the light should come through, and how much. It’s all based on your preferences and how you want to use your space. For many of our clients, light-filtering skylight shades bring in soft light that provides all the daylighting they want–only adjusting the shades on rare occasions. A manual Extension Wand provides a simple and  suitable option to open and close your shades.  For those clients who need room-darkening skylight shades, access to sunlight on a daily basis becomes more important. PowerView motorization offers you the ease and convenience to adjust your shades open and closed at the touch of a button. Use the PowerView App to schedule those adjustments based on your lifestyle, and save your favorite scenes for access to the amount of light you prefer.

Fabrics: Beauty & Function

skylight shades bedroomThe fabric choices, specific to Duette shades and Applause shades, offer stylish beauty and valuable function. The sleek, low-profile pleats offer structured design for your ceiling with colors that blend in when your skylight shades are closed. Depending on the room location of your skylights, your fabric choices will add amazing benefits. Room-darkening fabrics are perfect for your bedrooms, where sunlight streaming in just after sunrise is the last thing you want. When choosing fabrics for your daily living spaces, like your kitchen or living room, you may want light-filtering fabrics that invite soft natural light without the glare of direct light overhead. This is where light-filtering fabrics will enhance the atmosphere of your home. The fabrics of these skylight shades provide up to 99% UV protection, maintaining the quality of your valuables for years to come.

Finding the right skylight shades is easy once you understand how the products we offer provide you the light control, energy efficiency and UV protection you’ve been looking for. Enhance the beauty of your home the way you’ve always wanted with your skylights. Our design consultants, at Metropolitan Window Fashions, know how important the right window coverings are to the atmosphere and function of your home. We’d love to help you find just what you’re looking for. Contact our team for a free, in-home consultation today.

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Three Ways to Save with Duette Window Shades

Three Ways to Save with Duette Window Shades wjfigw4q3

Work smarter, not harder. Isn’t that what we all want? And we want it for our homes, too. Has your home reached its “smart’ potential? And how about the savings? Throughout the year, the seasonal changes we see in this part of the country can cause bills to raise and frustration to mount. Here, at Metropolitan Window Fashions, we know just the thing to save your sanity and your money. This month, we are featuring one of our most popular window shades for the energy smart style your home needs. And we have not one, but three ways to save on Duette window shades. Bring amazing features and function to your home and lifestyle for year-round savings–with FREE upgrades for a limited time.


Energy Efficiency You’ll Appreciate

duette window shades cell-within-cellDuette window shades feature cellular technology that gives you the insulation you need at the window. From single or double cell structure of the original Duettes, to the cell-within-cell design of Duette Architella, your home will feature the highest standards of energy efficiency. Duette window shades keep the warm air from escaping during the coldest times of year, and they keep the hot air out of your home in the summer. Right now, you can save $100 on 4 duette shades.


Beautiful Style To Transform Your Home

duette window shades kitchenThe organized pleats, the sophisticated colors, the custom opacities–it’s style you’ll love. Create the perfect look in your home with Duette window shades. Choose from a range of opacities to bring the atmosphere of your choice to individual rooms in your home, from light filtering to room darkening. The classic styling of colors offer you the chance to coordinate the decor of your home for a polished look. With a selection of pleats sizes, you can customize your shades exactly the way you want–including shades for patio doors, offered with VertiGlide.


Custom Features You Won’t Be Able to Live Without

duette window shades officeDuette window shades can help your home reach its full potential with features that you won’t be able to live without. PowerView motorized shades–the latest innovation from Hunter Douglas–will add to the energy efficiency of your home with life efficiency, as well! Schedule adjustments to meet your home needs right on your favorite device. Save your favorite settings to instantly access the ultimate atmosphere. It’s the control you’ve always wanted, at a touch of a button. This month, two of our most popular features are FREE with the purchase of Duette window shades. LiteRise, our cordless operating system, is a free upgrade. Experience ease and convenience with child-safe window coverings. Top-down bottom-up is also being offered as a free upgrade. This amazing feature allows you to invite light into your home for powerful daylighting while much of the direct sunlight is blocked. Enjoy the natural light while saving money on energy bills.


Has your home reached its full energy smart potential? Give your home the energy efficiency it needs while your lifestyle is upgraded to fabulous with Duette Window Shades! At Metropolitan Window Fashions, our design consultants can help guide you to the window shades that will help your home become the best version of itself, saving you time and money. Contact our team today for a free, in-home consultation.

Transform Your Home and Life with Before and After Window Coverings

Transform Your Home and Life with Before and After Window Coverings wjfigw4q3

You’ll rarely hear anyone complain about a sunny day throughout the New York or New Jersey areas. We relish every glorious beam–especially as Autumn arrives, heading us into the doldrums of winter. Sunlight gives us energy and improves our mood. It’s nature’s antidepressant. However, when not controlled in your home, natural light can really get you down. The chic, elegant space you carefully designed quickly turns into a sauna with blinding glare and damaged decor. The good news is that it doesn’t have to! Keep your home stylish and your spirits high with the right window coverings. Are you thinking about making a change? Our Season of Savings promotion offers some of Hunter Douglas’ most popular window shades with amazing savings for you! Here’s a glimpse at how before and after window coverings can radically improve the look and feel of your home.

A Familiar Scene


before and after window coveringsLarge-scale windows, similar to these, are likely a centerpiece of your home. There’s nothing finer than sitting down with a cup of coffee and taking in your beautiful landscape from your favorite chair…except when the sun’s out and you can’t see it at all! Harsh glare is just one problem, though. UV rays are streaming in along with that sunlight. Over time, they damage and discolor your prized furnishings, flooring, and art. Another negative effect that you can’t see, but you can certainly feel, is the temperature. Excessive natural lighting from your floor-to-ceiling windows can overheat the interior of your home. So, rather than relaxing, all you can think about is escaping. If this “before” scene is one you can relate to, it’s time to experience the “after” of before and after window coverings.



before and after window coveringsJust look at the difference! It’s almost unbelievable, but believe us, this can be a reality in your home. With the simple addition of Duette shades, the sun’s glare is no longer in full force. Soft, ambient lighting fills the room thanks to the top-down bottom-up feature of these shades. This makes it possible to appreciate the smart interior design. Colors stand out and will remain vibrant because the shades, while adding their own element of beauty, also block harmful UV rays. While it looks great, you can bet the room feels great too. With the highest standards of energy-efficiency, Duette shades are perfect for helping to maintain a comfortable, consistent temperature throughout the year. Plus, the automation of PowerView motorization makes taking in the view effortless when the time is right. Once the sun isn’t so strong, one touch of a button, or one tap on your favorite device, will move your shades to reveal the breathtaking panorama that lives just outside your windows.

Now’s the Time


Amazed at the contrast of before and after window coverings? Want to balance the benefits of natural light and privacy in your own home? Now’s the time! Adding an air of designer style, protection, and comfort, the right window shades will make all the difference in your home and in your life. Don’t wait to experience the change. And right now, you have an opportunity for amazing savings on Hunter Douglas’ most popular window shades with our Season of Savings! Contact our team at Metropolitan Window Fashions for a free, in-home consultation today.