What are Energy Saving Sidetracks for Cellular Shades?

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Window with a Cellular Shade Only
The illustration on left shows that a standard cellular shade, installed without energy saving sidetracks, has gaps along the shade's edge. These gaps (referred to as energy leaks) allow the transfer of energy from one side of the shade to the other. As the escaping warm air mixes with the incoming cold air, the warm air cools causing condensation in the form of tiny water droplets which, in extreme cold temperatures, can freeze causing a potentially damaging build up of frost or ice.

Window with Energy Saving Sidetrack
When you install a Cellular Shade with Energy Saving Sidetracks all four sides of the shade are sealed - this reduces moisture, it reduces ice build-up and the transference of energy from one side of the shade to the other. This means that your warm air will stay inside and the incoming cold air will be trapped between the back of the shade and the window. The reverse is true in the summer months - the warm air is trapped behind the shade and the cool air stays in the room.

  1. Sidetracks eliminate the "chimney" effect, this is when cold air leaks through side and bottom gaps creating a vacuum which then pulls warm arm in through the gap at the top of the shade.
  2. The seals provided with the Energy Saving Sidetrack System block warm air in the room from being drawn behind the shade.
  3. The Energy Saving Sidetracks prevent the build-up of potentially damaging ice that occurs when the warm air being drawn behind the shade (chimney effect) cools and turns to moisture which can then freeze on your window pane. Over time this could lead to wood rot and even greater energy loss particularly with older windows.

Without Sidetracks
With Sidetracks
Window with Cell ShadeWithout Sidetracks
With SidetracksWith Sidetracks

Compare a standard cellular shade (#1) installed without sidetracks to a cellular shade installed with sidetracks (#2). Notice the gaps between the window frame and the edge of the shade? While not typically more than 3/16 of an inch each side, these gaps are large enough to allow cold air to leak into your room while also allowing warm air to escape.

  1. The gaps along the shade's edge reduce the energy saving effectiveness of the standard cellular shade. In addition, these light gaps reduce UV blockage and privacy (depending on the thickness of your window frame).
  2. When you install the Energy Saving Sidetrack System you close the gaps along the shade's edge thereby blocking-out incoming light which helps to improve privacy and UV reflectance.
  3. The cellular shade used, was made with our 3/8" double cell light filtering fabric. The shade isn't performing badly, but you can see proof of the "chimney" effect I wrote about above. The warm air being drawn in at the top mixes with the cold air and as it cools, condensation in the form of tiny water droplets is form which can lead to the dangerous build up of ice or frost.
  4. The same window now has sidetracks installed. You can see that there's very little cold air (color blue), the chimney effect has been eliminated and because the warm air in the room can no longer be drawn behind the shade there is little chance of condensation resulting in the build-up of ice/frost on the window.

Using thermal photography we can see how a window with a standard cellular shade performs and how performance improves when that same window has the Energy Saving Sidetracks installed.


Sidetrack Components
  1. Easy To Install: The Sidetrack System features removable sidetracks that are easy to install. Simply attach to the window frame using the magnet strips provided. The durable sidetracks are available in a number of colors to match your existing trim.
  2. Innovative End Caps: The bottom rail end caps ?t over the sidetracks and allow for smooth operation when lowering or raising the shade.
  3. 1st. Energy Gap Barrier: The sidetracks are the first defense against energy leaks by sealing off the gap between the window and the shade creating a solid insulating barrier.
  4. 2nd Energy Gap Barrier - Flex Seal: The Flex Seal is a clear spring seal that is hidden between the sidetracks and the cellular shade. It "flexes" open/closed when the shade is raised/lowered to help create an energy saving tight seal.
  5. 3rd Energy Gap Barrier - Fuzzy Seal: The Fuzzy Seal is used to seal off the small space between the window frame and the back of the headrail. This simple addition effectively prevents the trapped air from entering the room.

We offer a Daylight Sidetrack System and a Blackout Sidetrack System - there are only slight differences between the two: (1) The sidetracks of the Blackout Sidetrack System are black lined to ensure complete blackout. The Daylight does not have this lining and so when exposed to direct sunlight there will be a slight illumination. (2) The sidetracks for the Daylight System are available in brown or white - the sidetracks for the Blackout System are available in bronze, tan and white. (3) The Blackout Sidetrack System is available with blackout fabrics and the Daylight Sidetrack System is available with light filtering fabrics. (4) The Daylight Sidetrack System allows for shallow mounting - the Blackout does not to ensure complete room darkening.

Energy Smart Sidetrack profile

Daylight Sidetracks
Energy Saving Sidetracks are designed to reduce heat loss or gain in your windows via an integrated sidetrack that seals off the gaps between the back of the shade and the window creating a solid insulating barrier to drafts. The available sidetrack colors are Golden Oak (Brown) or White

Brown
White
Blackout Sidetrack profile

Blackout Sidetracks
The Blackout Sidetracks will help you get a better night's sleep by combining insulating blackout cellular shades with a light blocking sidetrack, creating a totally dark room for a long, deep and restful night of sleep. The available Sidetrack colors are Bronze, Tan or White.

Bronze
Tan
White
Premium Cellular Shades - 1/2" Single Cell Light Filtering

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Premium Cellular Shades - 1/2" Single Cell Blackout

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Premium Cellular Shade Options

The following options/upgrades are available with all Premium Cellular Shades above. There are a couple of exceptions - the Cordless Duo-Fold and the Cordless Lift & Lock Duo-Fold are not available with the Double Cell Blackout fabrics.

Standard Cord-Lock

Standard Controls
The standard control is simply a durable nylon cord that allows you to operate the shade and position it wherever you want and the patented cord-lock will keep it there until you move it again.

Top Down - Bottom Up

Top Down/Bottom Up
Also known as a Duo-Fold, this option features two cord locks on either side of the shade for bottom up or top down convenience - perfect for those looking to have a view at the top of the window while maintaining privacy below.


Continuous Cord Loop Clutch Lift System

Omni-Rise Clutch
The Omni-Rise Clutch features a continuous looping cord wrapped around a sprocket. It is designed to make operating larger shades easier and evenly. The cord loop replaces standard pull cords and keeps dangling cords to a minimum.

Clutch Duo-Fold

Omni-Rise w/Duo-Fold
Omni-Rise Clutch w/Top Down/Bottom Up capabilities features two continuous looping cords - one to lower the middle rail (top down) and the other to raise the shade from the bottom up.


Cordless Plus

Cordless Plus
Cordless Shades keep your children and pets safe by eliminating pull cords that children and pets may become entangled in. No matter what size the shade is, a gentle push or pull on the bottom rail is all that's required to move the shade into position.

Cordless Duo-Fold

Cordless Duo-Fold
Top Down/Bottom Up versatility has been combined with a Cordless Shade for the ultimate window shade. Raised and lowered with the touch of a finger, these shades allow you to enjoy your windows with minimal cord distraction, for a beautiful view.


Cordless Lift & Lock Standard
Cordless Lift & Lock Shades can be raised or lowered by pressing the button located on the bottom rail and guiding the rail into the desired location. This is a no-charge option. Not available with Energy Saving Sidetracks.

Cordless Lift and Lock Duo-Fold

Cordless Lift & Lock Duo-Fold
The Cordless Lift & Lock Duo-Fold operates the same as the Standard except there's a movable middle rail for the top-down feature. The lift & lock is a no charge option but the Duo-Fold feature comes at a surcharge.