shadings with EveScape™ room-darkening fabrics absorb 60 percent of reflected
Hunter Douglas continues to innovate with window coverings that combine high
style with practical performance. New Alouette® LightLouvers feature 2 ¾-inch wide
elliptical fabric louvers that seem to magically float at the window because there are
only two support cords, no matter how wide the product, and because the headrail,
which is also elliptical in shape, tilts with the louvers to virtually disappear. Alouette
LightLouvers offers the timeless look of a shutter with the light control of a blind and the
softness of a shade, and with “Clair” fabric they provide
45 percent sound absorption.
Window coverings can make a big difference in bringing peace and quiet to a
home. Hunter Douglas is pleased to share some additional tips from the Noise Center
of the League for the Hard of Hearing:
• Pay attention to the noises around you and whenever possible, turn down the
Limit exposure time to loud noise sources in the home.
• Wear adequate hearing protection such a foam ear plugs or ear muffs when
using loud equipment.
• Buy quiet products. Contact the Consumer Products Safety commission and the
manufacturer of noisy products.
Try not to run all appliances in your kitchen at the same time.
• Make your home acoustically sound by following recommendations of the
National Bureau of Standards:
o Place vibration mounts under major appliances and foam pads under
Install padded carpeting, vinyl tile or thick linoleum to absorb sound.
o Seal holes or cracks in doors and windows with caulking or a minimum
expansion foam sealant.
For even greater noise control, many Hunter Douglas products, such as
Silhouette window shadings, are ideal for use in combination with drapes. Combined
they will provide maximum sound absorption – a lullaby for your windows!
Sound absorption ratings measure the amount of reflected sound absorbed by the window covering. If noise is a concern, choose a window covering that soaks up sound, as indicated by a high sound absorption rating.
The scale for sound absorption is in a range from 0.00 to 1.00, where 1.00 means total, 100% absorption of sound. The scale can be equated with percentages — for example, a value of 0.35 would indicate approximately 35% sound absorption.