What is MechoShade?

Have you browsed our website or noticed on our business cards that Firebelly Renovations is a MechoShade dealer? If you have, then you’re probably wondering, “What is MechoShade?” MechoShade is a brand of window coverings usually used in commercial spaces. We want to bring MechoShade into your home. MechoShades have many more benefits besides, shade, privacy and/or insulating against the heat and cold.

The primary benefit of MechoShades is that they are “Green”. Why “Green”? Because all of the benefits of MechoShades and MechoSystems are either green or add to their “Green” benefits.  MechoShades allow for natural sunlight to light a space while blocking the heat and the damaging UV rays. So you can turn off your lights, enjoy the great view, and reduce your HVAC costs just by purchasing window shades.

Let’s look at all those “Green” benefits a little more closely and I’ll try to keep the technical jargon to a minimum.

Use less artificial lighting – You can turn off your lights and enjoy filtered natural lighting  Not only does this action save you money on your electricity bill, but you’re also reducing your carbon footprint by using less energy.

MechoShade – See the world, even when the shades are drawn!

An indirect benefit of using natural sunlight to light your commercial or residential space is that you will feel better!  Studies have shown that people’s moods are greatly improved by exposure to sunlight.  Exposure to sunlight also improves sleep and promotes vitamin D production in the body.  Do you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder?  Then you probably know that a decrease in exposure to natural sunlight is what triggers it.  MechoShades are a way for people to get more natural sunlight exposure in the winter months.

Use Less Energy – In addition to spending less money on lighting, you’ll also use less energy cooling your commercial or residential space if you select a Thermoveil shadecloth.  MechoShades, when selected in the lighter colors, will filter the sunlight to lower solar heat gain.

Can Reduce *Visible-light Transmittance” – which is a big name to say that the strength of the sunlight is too harsh.  The harsh sunlight causes you to close your traditional blinds; now the room is dim and it’s difficult to see.  So you turn on the lights.  MechoShades are engineered to allow natural light through while still shading the space from glare and brightness.  With MechoShades you can turn out your lights, have your blinds down and you can still see out the window!

*Depends upon the shading coefficient of the shade cloth you select.

Visually Transparent Shading – You can see the world outside!  This benefit alone makes these blinds head and shoulders above traditional blinds and shades.  During the day, you can see out, but the outside cannot see you.  After nightfall, the outside can see in, but there are privacy options that can be added making these blinds extremely versatile. There are varying transparency percentages from 0% – 15%.

Indoor Air Quality Certified – The makers of MechoShades take the green initiative very seriously and they have received the “GreenGuard” Indoor Air Quality Certification.  This certification gives consumers the assurance that the products they are using in indoor spaces meet strict chemical emissions limits, which contribute to the creation of healthier interiors.

MechoSystems are MechoShades that are automated by remote control, a SunDialer, etc. or all shades are managed on a network to optimize natural light, reduce heat, and allow occupants to still see the outside world. Since MechoShades’ inception, different levels of MechoShades have been introduced to create an optimal a home or commercial space that can experience the benefits of natural lighting, energy efficiencies and sustainable green solutions.

Give us a call at 703-635-7722, if you are interested in purchasing a MechoShade or MechoSystem from us.