Hunter Douglas Introduces the Most Energy Efficient Shade on the Market - Duette Architella
Hunter Douglas' newest duette, Duette Architella, featured at this year's West Coast Green, is a cell within a cell design. As a result of trapping air within not one, but two cells, Duette Architella is 50% more efficient than Hunter Douglas' previous duettes and is the most energy efficient window covering on the market, according to the company.
Windows can be a major source of heat loss in a home. Hunter Douglas estimates that this heat loss can amount to 50% of the home's heat, so having these shades can make a significant difference. The Duette Architella has a high Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC), and as a result, in the winter it does a good job at keeping the cool air out of the house and trapping the heat inside the house, and it does the opposite in the Summer. According to the company, the cost savings associated with the Duette Architella can be substantial, depending on the home's exposure to the sun and the windows' E-values. The savings can run about 1.48 dollars per square feet which is an average of 10% savings off a typical energy bill, according to the company.
The Duette Architella's R value and solar heat coefficient gain values are almost twice as high as its predecessors. So should those with previous duette models toss their old ones and replace with a Duette Architella? Well it really depends on your home's energy usage.
These duettes come in multiple variations. Some of the most innovative are: the Duette Powerized, a battery operated shade with great range and the ability for multiple shades to be integrated into one single remote, a hard wired option for new construction, which would allow these shades to be integrated into a home automation system, and a cordless option great for kids. This product is also available in a room darkening shade.
Hunter Douglas not only sells energy efficient products, but it has also taken on green corporate endeavors. A mission called Hunter Green was launched not too long ago, in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of Hunter Douglas operations. Money was also donated to the National Harvard Foundation to plant trees across the nation.