The 3/4 shutter got us to wondering if a top-down/bottom-up insulating shade could be used in the same way -- we decided to try this on one of our windows.
|Our first try at an insulating top-down/bottom-up shade.|
This arrangement allows us to have the shade fully up at night for privacy and maximum insulation, or during the day to have the shade part way up to allow more light and views with some insulation. Normally we would have it up more than the picture shows during the day to get somewhat more insulated area.
The new shade is from Symphony Shades and in addition to being a good double cellular insulating shade, it has side tracks that reduce air flow around the sides of the shade.
|The side tracks prevent airflow around the edges of the shade.|
|Closeup of track showing notch in shade that track engages.|