As far as keeping your Columbia dwelling comfortable, your windows are a major component interfering with your goal. Layers of glass have issues when trying to insulating your house—especially when you think about the insulated walls connected to them. As a matter of fact, we give up about 30 percent of the heating and cooling we create for our space through our windows, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
That’s why selecting a suitable material for your window treatments is so essential for savings on home energy bills and to curb energy waste. At Louver Shop of Columbia, we’re there to assist you in select the right match for your place during a free, in-home consultation.
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Below, we’ll take a look at a question we get pretty often. Do wood blinds create insulation and assist you in saving on utility bills?
Breaking Down Window Treatment Insulation
Matter used to trap warmth in your house are gauged using R-values. This elements evaluates the insulation value of objects—with bigger values showing improved insulating ability for energy conservation.
The capability to decrease heat transfer changes between window treatment classes, along with fabric options. Usually, window treatments made of solid materials—like wood or solid polymer—are more useful while insulating. Shades that can trap air—like cellular shades—will also do the trick.
Advantages of Wood Blinds
Wood blinds do contribute a component of insulation and energy efficiency to your rooms. However, the U.S. Department of Energy primarily advises these window treatments as a resource for closing out summer sunlight to limit heat slipping into your space.
Parkland® wood blinds, made from basswood, are a solid option for houses in milder areas—where summer heat is more common than dramatic winter temperatures. And with a great assortment of colors and collections, there’s a Parkland blind to work with any home.
Disadvantages of Wood Blinds
As highlighted already, real wood blinds work better to keep warmth out of your home, instead of contain it indoors. This is the how blinds are designed.
With space between the individual slats and down the sides, there are many paths to aid heat loss. And with comparably thin slats, there isn’t much there between your home and the chill beyond your windows.
Substitutions for Wood Blinds
If you enjoy the look of wood blinds but aren’t satisfied their insulation value is right for your space, there are other alternatives.
With a close look and increased insulation, wood plantation shutters could be a nice alternative for your house. Because they’re fixed right to your window frame, there is less of a chance for heat loss. Though they may seem pricier up front, plantation shutters can function for years longer than blinds—giving you further value.
For extra energy efficiency to help lessen heat loss, try LouverWoodTM shutters. They have the look of classic shutters with as much as three times more insulating capacity. Unlike some other faux wood shutters, LouverWood™ shutters are solid polymer meant to become a lasting complement to your house.
Find the Best Window Treatment for You
Want to hear more about your alternatives for insulating shutters, blinds or shades? Louver Shop of Columbia can help. During your free, in-home consultation our team will lead you through all your alternatives and look at them to find the right fit for your house.
You’ll also get measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort™ Pricing quote at no charge—and with no obligation.