The Best Window Treatments to Manage Heat and Lower Your Energy Bill

The Benefits of Energy Efficient SheerWeave®

Engineered with your needs in mind, Phifer’s SheerWeave fabric works well in any environment to maintain comfortable temperatures at all times. An economical option that’s as practical as it is attractive, SheerWeave fabric is ideal for home or commercial settings and offers a variety of benefits. 

Reduce Glare & Manage Natural

SheerWeave fabrics make the perfect glare-reducing window shades to effectively manage natural light and eliminate bothersome glare that can interfere with working at a computer in an office setting or watching television at home. These fabrics also provide optimum glare reduction in areas in which the sun is lower on the horizon, such as during winter months or in more northern climates.

Save on
Energy & Utility

SheerWeave is ideal for keeping out unwanted solar heat gain, as well as reducing the overall workload of an air conditioning unit, translating to lower utility bills. 


“Hot Spots”

​​​Direct sunlight can create “hot spots” inside the home, making sitting in your favorite chair next to the window unbearable. SheerWeave fabrics literally keep you shaded while eliminating hot spots by absorbing solar heat, which rises toward the ceiling at the window and is then more evenly distributed throughout the room. 

How SheerWeave Reduces Solar Heat Gain: Color & Openness Factors

When choosing the right fabric for your home or office needs, consider color and openness factors to make your space more comfortable.

Light vs. Dark Colors

​SheerWeave comes in a range of colors, from soft whites and neutrals to darker tones like Charcoal and Chestnut. These color options offer more than just aesthetic value and color coordination with interior decor. Light color fabrics provide optimum heat reduction, reflect light and illuminate interiors. Darker fabrics provide better outward visibility and reduce glare, making them ideal for viewing computer and television screens or maintaining the views beyond your windows.

Openness Factors

​The openness of a fabric refers to the weave or mesh structure and determines the amount of heat and light that enters a room. Generally, a more open fabric allows more heat and light to penetrate into the room, while a tighter mesh blocks more heat and light. Additionally, more open fabrics help maintain better outward visibility. SheerWeave is available in a variety of openness factors to allow optimal heat and glare reduction in commercial buildings or provide more privacy in the home or healthcare facilities.

Energy Efficient SheerWeave for Residential or Commercial Settings

Whether you’re looking for energy efficient material to create window treatments for the home, office or other commercial space, SheerWeave has multiple lines of fabric suitable for these environments. 

Many of our fabrics are equipped to meet the most rigorous standards for building safety and fire retardants required for use in a commercial setting, although they still perform beautifully in the home.

Glare Reduction & Outward Visibility: Our Performance + 2390 / 2410 / 2500 Series is excellent for the office or place of business by offering the best in glare reduction and outward visibility while its highly reflective metallized surface reflects away solar energy. 

Blackout & Light-Filtering Options Some fabrics are recommended for residential use only, including much of our 5000 Series, and several of our blackout and light-filtering options, including 7200R / 7250R, our 7450 fabric, and our 7500R and  7700R / 7750R lines.

SheerWeave for Window Coverings That Are Kinder to the Environment

In addition to helping save on energy costs, SheerWeave has several options that are kinder to the planet. Not only are all SheerWeave fabrics energy efficient but they’re also GREENGUARD® GOLD certified, meeting the highest worldwide standards for lowering indoor volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and improving indoor air quality. 

An outstanding example of eco-friendly innovation, our 4000 / 4100 / 4400 Series of fabrics with DOW ECOLIBRUM™ is phthalate free, lead free and RoHS compliant. These fabrics offer the benefits of traditional vinyl and are durable and easy to clean but are made from a renewable alternative to traditional plasticizers that lower greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 40% compared to other PVC compounds.


For additional environmentally-friendly options, look to our 8000 Series of fabrics, which is Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Bronze. This product has been independently evaluated in five quality categories, including material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship and social fairness. Our 8000 Series fabric is PVC-free, halogen free and phthalate free, as well as LEED Material Ingredient Disclosure Eligible.


Another eco-minded option is our 100% recyclable Infinity2, which is also PVC-free and helps save energy, blocking 95 to 99% of harmful UV rays. As with virtually all SheerWeave fabrics, we’re proud to say it bears the Melanoma International Foundation seal of approval for its effectiveness in preventing sun damage to the skin and eyes.

Microban®-infused SheerWeave for Odor & Bacteria Control

Many of our energy efficient SheerWeave fabrics are infused with Microban®. Microban® antimicrobial protection inhibits the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew that can cause stains, odors and product deterioration. Microban is ideal for residential applications where bacteria, mold and mildew may thrive and commercial projects such as health care and hospitality where the public gathers.

Nearly Unlimited Options for Color and Texture

Whether you prefer the serenity of neutral colors that enhance the decor of any room or luxurious textures, SheerWeave fabrics are available in a range of colors and styles. From our 5000 Series that features texture-rich jacquards to our popular basketweave shading fabrics like Styles 2410, 2500 and the 2703 Series that offer numerous colors and openness factors to meet your priorities in solar heat and glare reduction, SheerWeave fabrics can be fashioned into roller shades, Roman shades, vertical blinds and other window treatments that can save on energy costs -- winter, spring, summer and fall!

Choosing the Right Energy Efficient Phifer SheerWeave Shade Fabric

​Phifer representatives are available to chat with you online or on the phone to help you further narrow your choices. Contact us anytime to let us help you find the right SheerWeave fabric for your heat control needs.