Make Your Home Safe With These 3 Tips

Posted by Polar Shades on Mar 30, 2016 12:54:29 PM

Your home should be a place where you and your family feel safe and comfortable. There are smaller updates that can make your home more secure if installing an alarm isn't a feasible option. Below are 3 tips:

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Topics: Interior Shades, Blog

4 Tips on Picking the Right Window Shades for Your Kitchen

Posted by Polar Shades on Mar 15, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Everyone loves to have choices. However, when it comes to picking the right window shades for your kitchen, too many options can become bewildering for those new to home decorating.

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Topics: Interior Shades, Blog, Home Decorating

Ways to Save Energy (& Money) Around Your Home

Posted by Polar Shades on Mar 14, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Windows often are the focal point in a room – and for good reasons. They do more than bring the lively aura of the outdoors directly indoors. If windows are covered with style and flair, they can provide the crowning touch to a room already furnished and decorated.

As much as 25 percent of the cool air you pay for might be sailing right out your windows through cracks, gaps and holes, the U.S. Department of Energy says.

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Topics: Interior Shades, Blog

Beat the Heat this Summer

Posted by Polar Shades on Mar 9, 2016 3:11:44 PM

You’re probably looking forward to warmer weather, but before you know it, temperatures will be soaring. Fortunately, there are several ways to make your home (and you!) more comfortable, while reducing your summer energy bills.

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Topics: Interior Shades, Blog

How To: Add a New Remote to Your Window Shade Automation System

Posted by Polar Shades on Feb 29, 2016 1:03:07 PM

Motorized window shades offer unparalleled convenience, as you can open and close them with just the press of a button. At Polar Shades, we strive to make adding a new remote to your window shade automation system just as easy as pressing an existing remote’s button. In fact, all you need to do to add a new remote is press a few buttons. Here’s a step-by-step guide to the process.

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Topics: Electronics and Automation, Interior Shades, Blog, Exterior Shades

What is a drapery track?

Posted by Polar Shades on Feb 19, 2016 2:55:41 PM

Imagine you've just redesigned a room in your home. You’ve found the perfect paint color, flooring, lighting and furniture to create a space you adore. Now, you need one final touch to pull the room together: fabulous window treatments! For a discerning homeowner, motorized drapery tracks make a sleek, modern companion to a beautiful room.

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Topics: Interior Shades, Blog, Home Decorating

How to Control Your Window Shades from Your Phone

Posted by Polar Shades on Feb 15, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Our partner, Somfy Systems, is the largest manufacturer of tubular motors. Somfy-powered, motorized window shades give you a new view on life – and your home. Somfy's latest upgrade to its myLink™ app allows you to maximize the benefits of convenience, privacy, comfort and energy savings so you can operate your window shades with your favorite mobile device – whether you're parked on your couch at home or parked in a traffic jam 50 miles away.

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Topics: Electronics and Automation, Interior Shades, Blog, Exterior Shades

Do I Need Blackout Shades?

Posted by Polar Shades on Feb 12, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Blackout shades can be a great addition to your home, adding privacy and helping to block out unwanted light. In some cases, though, you may want to be able to enjoy the beautiful Las Vegas sunlight. That's when you should consider the Select Duo Shade. It combines the best of both worlds – sunlight and a view of the outside world when you want it and darkness and privacy when you need it.

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Topics: Interior Shades, Blog, Home Decorating

What is UL Approved and Why Is It Important?

Posted by Polar Shades on Feb 10, 2016 3:00:00 PM

At Polar Shades, all of our products, including our motors, have been approved by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for their superior quality and operations. This is an important safety feature we've worked hard to bring to our consumers. Other companies will use cheaper motors to save a few dollars but these motors can burn up and pose a safety risk to your home.

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Topics: Electronics and Automation, Interior Shades, Exterior Shades, Retractable Screen Doors

3 Frequently Asked Questions About Window Shades

Posted by Polar Shades on Jan 27, 2016 3:00:00 PM
  1. How do you clean your shades?
    To maintain the longevity and overall aesthetic-appeal of your home’s window shades, you’ll need to clean them periodically so dust, pet hair, and other loose-flying microscopic elements in the air don’t build up. By routinely cleaning your shades each month, you’ll make the process much easier on yourself than if you wait until it’s clearly visible that they need to be cleaned. Simply use warm water and a soft sponge to wipe away dust and dirt. Always read the manufacturer's instructions first, especially if your shades are made of silk or other very delicate fabrics, since some shade fabrics should be cleaned professionally.
  2. What is fabric "openness"?
    Most shade fabrics are designed to be transparent so filtered light can enter and illuminate the room. Fabric openness refers to just how open or large the gaps are within the woven fibers of the shade’s fabric. The higher the percentage openness, the more light your shade’s fabric can allow in the room. If a shade has 3% openness, for example, the woven fibers are “not as open” and are thus tighter and closer together, letting less light in. A higher percentage openness fabric is much more transparent and lets in lots of light. When choosing the fabric for your shades, ask the openness percentage of your top picks. While you might love a fabric for how well it blends with your home office’s décor, you might not like it so much if you discover after it has been installed that it’s difficult to read your computer screen because it lets too much light in on a sunny day!
  3. Why are they so expensive?
    While the old adage, “You get what you pay for!” doesn’t always apply to everything, in this instance – it does. There are a lot of options when it comes to window shades. If you buy low-grade shades from a country overseas, you're often sacrificing quality for price, which will lead you to needing new shades much sooner than properly investing in the right choice upfront. Our shades are designed and manufactured in America; you’re doing business with a company you can easily call or visit in person. You can’t do that when you buy shades overseas. Also, truly high-end, high-quality shades involve user-friendly, yet complex, motor systems, and you’ll not want to waste any time or money on a less-than-exceptional product sold off a shelf. Being able to count on your shades’ motors working perfectly every time you program them or operate them manually is a big deal. If you’re out of town and you’ve set your shades to function with the light of day, you don’t want to worry about them not working properly and leaving your windows open to full view from any stranger passing by. Beautiful, superior shades are not something you invest in once a year; instead, when you choose the best from the get-go, you can plan to have them be a part of your home’s aesthetic and comfort for years.

If you're interested in learning more about purchasing window shades for your home or office, call us at 702-260-6110.

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Topics: Interior Shades, Fabrics

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