As far as keeping your Columbus home warm, your windows are a pretty big determinant negating your goal. Layers of glass have issues when trying to insulating rooms—especially when you think about the insulated walls around them. Altogether, we lose nearly 30 percent of the heating and cooling we generate for our homes through our windows, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
That’s why selecting the correct material for your window treatments is so vital for savings on home energy bills and to stop energy waste. At Louver Shop of Columbus, we’re there to help you discover the perfect match for your place during a free, in-home consultation.
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Below, we’ll take a look at an inquiry we get regularly. Do wood blinds create insulation and assist you in saving on utility bills?
Breaking Down Window Treatment Insulation
Elements used to trap warmer temperatures in your rooms are measured using R-values. This component determines the insulation value of materials—with larger values indicating more insulating capacity for energy conservation.
The power to cut down heat transfer changes between window treatment types, as well as fabric alternatives. In general, window treatments created from solid materials—like wood or solid polymer—do a better job while insulating. Shades that can keep in air—like cellular shades—will also do the trick.
Advantages of Wood Blinds
Wood blinds do bring an element of insulation and energy efficiency to your residence. However, the U.S. Department of Energy primarily suggests these window treatments as a fix for blocking out summer sunlight to lessen heat coming into your rooms.
Parkland® wood blinds, made from basswood, are a beautiful solution for homes in warmer areas—where seasonal heat appears more frequently than chilly winter temperatures. And with a great selection of colors and collections, there’s a Parkland blind to tailored to any style.
Shortcomings of Wood Blinds
As highlighted previously, real wood blinds are more matched to keep warm temperatures out of your rooms, rather than keep it in your home. This is the design style.
With breaks between the single slats and down the sides, there are many paths to increase heat loss. And with comparably thin slats, there isn’t much there between your house and the cold outside.
Alternatives to Wood Blinds
If you are drawn to the style of wood blinds but aren’t convinced their insulation value is a fit for your home, there are other options.
With a comparable look and better insulation, wood plantation shutters could be a fit for your house. Because they’re fitted right to your window frame, there is less opportunity for heat loss. Though they may seem pricier up front, plantation shutters can last for years longer than blinds—giving you additional value.
For extra energy efficiency to help diminish heat loss, try LouverWoodTM shutters. They have the appearance of traditional shutters with as much as three times more insulating capacity. Unlike some other faux wood shutters, LouverWood™ shutters are solid polymer created to become a long-lasting fixture in your room.
Find the Perfect Window Treatment for You
Eager to know more about your options for insulating window coverings? Louver Shop of Columbus can help. During your free, in-home consultation our experts will lead you through all your options and weigh them to discover the right match for your space.
You’ll also obtain measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort™ Pricing quote at no charge—and with no obligation.