When it comes to keeping your Birmingham space toasty, your windows are a huge determinant opposing you. Glass panes have difficulty insulating your house—especially compared to the insulated walls connected to them. As a matter of fact, we squander about 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 selecting a fitting material for your window treatments is so critical for savings on home energy bills and to lower energy waste. At Louver Shop of Birmingham, we’re here to help you find the perfect fit for your home during a free, in-home consultation.
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Now, we’ll delve into a question we get regularly. Do wood blinds offer insulation and help you save on utility bills?
Breaking Down Wood Blinds Insulation
Matter used to preserve warmth in your house are gauged using R-values. This factor measures the insulation value of materials—with greater values meaning better insulating capabilities for energy conservation.
The capacity to lessen heat transfer fluctuate between window treatment types, along with fabric options. Usually, window treatments made of sturdier materials—like wood or solid polymer—are more efficient while insulating. Shades that can trap air—like cellular shades—will also be helpful.
Advantages of Wood Blinds Insulation
Wood blinds do bring an element of insulation and energy efficiency to your residence. However, the U.S. Department of Energy primarily advises these window treatments as a solution for blocking out summer sunlight to limit heat slipping into your home.
Parkland® wood blinds, made from basswood, are a solid fit for families in milder areas—where warmer heat happens more often than cold winter temperatures. And with a great assortment of colors and collections, there’s a Parkland blind to fit any style.
Weaknesses of Insulation from Wood Blinds
As mentioned previously, real wood blinds are more matched to keep warmth out of your space, instead of trap it in your home. This is a result of the design style.
With room between the individual slats and on the sides, there are plenty of paths to increase heat loss. And with relatively thin slats, there isn’t much there between your house and the crisp temperatures beyond your windows.
Alternatives to Wood Blinds
If you are drawn to the look of wood blinds but aren’t satisfied their insulation value is correct for your space, there are other alternatives.
With a similar look and stronger insulation, wood plantation shutters could be a fit for your house. Because they’re attached straight to your window frame, there is less opportunity for heat loss. Though they may have a higher cost up front, plantation shutters can function for longer than blinds—giving you more value.
For additional energy efficiency to help stop heat loss, try LouverWoodTM shutters. They have the look of wood 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 lasting part of your space.
Find the Best Window Treatment for You
Want to know more about your options for insulating window coverings? Louver Shop of Birmingham can help. During your free, in-home consultation our experts will walk you through all your alternatives and compare them to discover the perfect fit for your house.
You’ll also receive measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort™ Pricing quote at no charge—and with no obligation.