In Regards to keeping your Columbia house 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 lose 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 limit energy waste. At Louver Shop of Columbia, we’re ready to aid you in discover the right match for your house during a free, in-home consultation.
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Now, we’ll explore a question we get pretty often. Do wood blinds create insulation and aid you in saving on utility bills?
Breaking Down Wood Blinds Insulation
Matter used to keep warmth in your rooms are gauged using R-values. This component evaluates the insulation value of objects—with bigger values indicating increased insulating capabilities for energy conservation.
The capability to diminish heat transfer changes between window treatment types, along with material options. Usually, window treatments made of solid materials—like wood or solid polymer—are more useful while insulating. Shades that can keep in air—like cellular shades—will also do the trick.
Strengths of Wood Blinds Insulation
Wood blinds do contribute a component of insulation and energy efficiency to your home. 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 warmer heat is more common than dramatic winter temperatures. And with a wonderful selection of colors and collections, there’s a Parkland blind to work with any home.
Weaknesses of Insulation from Wood Blinds
As shown already, real wood blinds work better to keep warmth out of your home, instead of keep it indoors. This is the design style.
With space between the separate slats and down the sides, there are many paths to speed heat loss. And with generally thin slats, there isn’t much there between your home and the cold out in the world.
Alternatives to Wood Blinds
If you want the look of wood blinds but aren’t convinced their insulation value is right for your room, there are other alternatives.
With a close look and stronger insulation, wood plantation shutters could be a nice alternative for your residence. Because they’re fixed right to your window frame, there is less opportunity for heat loss. Though shutters 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 LouverWood® shutters. They have the look of classic shutters with nearly three times more insulating capacity. Unlike some other faux wood shutters, LouverWood® shutters are dense polymer created to become a lasting complement to your room.
Find the Perfect Shutter, Blind or Shade 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 experts will lead you through all your alternatives and look at them to find the right fit for your needs.
You’ll also get measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort™ Pricing quote at no charge—and with no obligation.