UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- It's a simple scientific fact: heat moves towards cold. In winter months, it's drawn to the cold glass of windows to escape a home. The U.S. Department Energy calculates that heat lost this way accounts for 10 to 25 percent of heating bills. Hunter Douglas, the nation's leading manufacturer and marketer of custom window fashions, is a pioneer in energy efficiency at the window. The Energy-Efficiency Pioneer In 1985 Hunter Douglas created the first highly energy-efficient yet fashionable nationally branded window fashions -- Duette(R) honeycomb shades - - made with soft, yet durable fabrics pleated into hexagonal cells that offer an added layer of insulation at the window. The Duette honeycomb shade soon became the most significant new window fashion to be introduced into the North American market in decades. The concept for Duette shades was developed during the energy crisis of the late 1970s when Wendell Colson, now Senior Vice President of Product Development for Hunter Douglas, was a young architect and inventor in Massachusetts. "One night as I was shivering in bed, a double curtain came together in a folding pattern with a honeycomb-like configuration, capturing air between the folds," said Colson. "I saw this vertically, but I thought if we put it together horizontally you would have a highly energy-efficient treatment because air would literally be trapped in the honeycomb cells." Today, Duette shades are available in single, double and triple honeycomb layers and a multitude of fabric and hardware options. Duette shades with three layers of honeycomb cells have a very high insulating R-value (resistance to heat flow) of 4.8, more than doubling the energy efficiency of a double-glazed window and nearly quadrupling the efficiency of a single pane of glass. They are one of the most energy-efficient window fashions on the market. Hunter Douglas Inc. is a national sponsor of Habitat for Humanity, covering windows in every Habitat home built in the U.S. and Canada. Headquartered in Upper Saddle River N.J., the company is the leading manufacturer of custom window coverings in North America. For more information, contact Hunter Douglas at 1-800-274-2985 or visit www.hunterdouglas.com. Photos available upon request.
SOURCE Hunter Douglas Inc.