As far as keeping a Albany space warm, your windows are a considerable component working against you. Layers of glass have difficulty insulating spaces—especially compared to the insulated walls next to them. As a matter of fact, we give up nearly 30 percent of the heating and cooling we make for our houses through our windows, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
That’s why finding a suitable material for your window treatments is so critical for savings on home energy bills and to lower energy waste. At Louver Shop of South Georgia, we’re there to assist you in select the perfect style for your house during a free, in-home consultation.
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Now, we’ll dive into a question we get pretty often. Do wood blinds create insulation and aid you in saving on utility bills?
Understanding Window Treatment Insulation
Components used to preserve heat in your space are quantified using R-values. This factor evaluates the insulation value of building elements—with larger values showing better insulating capacity for energy conservation.
The capacity to diminish heat transfer varies between window treatment classes, as well as fabric alternatives. In general, window treatments created from more substantial materials—like wood or solid polymer—are more efficient while insulating. Shades that can keep in air—like cellular shades—will also do a good job.
Assets of Wood Blinds
Wood blinds do deliver an element of insulation and energy efficiency to your space. However, the U.S. Department of Energy mostly suggests these window treatments as a resource for stopping summer sunlight to limit heat coming into your home.
Parkland® wood blinds, made from basswood, are a handsome decision for houses in milder areas—where summer heat is more common than chilly winter temperatures. And with an incredible assortment of colors and collections, there’s a Parkland blind to work with any home.
Disadvantages of Wood Blinds
As mentioned already, real wood blinds are better suited to keep warm temperatures out of your home, instead of contain it in your home. This is a result of the nature of the design.
With room between the separate slats and along the sides, there are nearly endless paths to aid heat loss. And with comparably thin slats, there isn’t much left between your home and the cold outside.
Substitutions for Wood Blinds
If you enjoy the style of wood blinds but aren’t convinced their insulation value is a fit for your room, there are other options.
With a similar style and better insulation, wood plantation shutters might be a nice alternative for your residence. Because they’re attached right to your window frame, there is less of a chance for heat loss. Though they may have a higher cost up front, plantation shutters can work for longer than blinds—giving you additional value.
For added energy efficiency to help lessen heat loss, try LouverWoodTM shutters. They have the style of wood shutters with as much as three times more insulating power. Unlike some other faux wood shutters, LouverWood™ shutters are dense polymer made to become a long-lasting complement to your house.
Find the Right Shutter, Blind or Shade for You
Eager to learn more about your choices for insulating window coverings? Louver Shop of South Georgia can help. During your free, in-home consultation our experts will walk you through all your alternatives and compare them to discover the perfect match for your home.
You’ll also receive measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort™ Pricing quote at no charge—and with no obligation.