In Regards to keeping your Macon space comfortable, your windows are a huge component counteracting your goal. Glass panes have issues when trying to insulating your home—especially compared to the insulated walls around them. Altogether, we squander up to 30 percent of the heating and cooling we create for our houses through our windows, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
That’s why picking the right material for your window treatments is so critical for savings on home energy bills and to stop energy waste. At Louver Shop of Macon, we’re happy to help you pick the perfect style for your home during a free, in-home consultation.
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Now, we’ll delve into an inquiry we get regularly. Do wood blinds create insulation and help you save on utility bills?
Breaking Down Wood Blinds Insulation
Elements used to keep warmth in your rooms are assessed using R-values. This number quantifies the insulation value of objects—with higher values meaning better insulating power for energy conservation.
The capacity to reduce heat transfer varies between window treatment categories, as well as fabric selections. Typically, window treatments created from sturdier materials—like wood or solid polymer—are more efficient while insulating. Shades that can keep in air—like cellular shades—will also do the trick.
Assets of Wood Blinds Insulation
Wood blinds do contribute a bit of insulation and energy efficiency to your residence. However, the U.S. Department of Energy generally recommends these window treatments as a fix for stopping summer sunlight to lessen heat slipping into your home.
Parkland® wood blinds, made from basswood, are a solid decision for houses in more moderate climate areas—where warmer heat is more common than cold winter temperatures. And with a wonderful selection of colors and collections, there’s a Parkland blind to work with any style.
Disadvantages of Insulation from Wood Blinds
As highlighted already, real wood blinds are more matched to keep warmth out of your space, rather than hold it inside. This is the how blinds are designed.
With space between the individual slats and on the sides, there are plenty of paths to aid heat loss. And with comparatively thin slats, there isn’t much left between your space and the crisp temperatures outside your windows.
Alternatives to Wood Blinds
If you are drawn to the sophistication of wood blinds but aren’t sure their insulation value is right for your space, there are other options.
With a close style and increased insulation, wood plantation shutters could be a nice alternative for your home. Because they’re fixed straight to your window frame, there is less of a chance for heat loss. Though shutters may be more expensive up front, plantation shutters can last for longer than blinds—giving you further value.
For extra energy efficiency to help reduce heat loss, try LouverWoodTM shutters. They have the look of traditional shutters with as much as three times more insulating ability. Unlike some other faux wood shutters, LouverWood™ shutters are solid polymer built to become a permanent part of your home.
Find the Best Window Covering for You
Eager to hear more about your alternatives for insulating shutters, blinds or shades? Louver Shop of Macon can help. During your free, in-home consultation our experts will lead you through all your options and compare them to choose the perfect complement for your home.
You’ll also get measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort™ Pricing quote at no cost—and with no obligation.