When it comes to keeping your Charlotte dwelling toasty, your windows are a huge element interfering with your intention. Sheets of glass have issues when trying to insulating spaces—especially compared to the insulated walls connected to them. In reality, we lose nearly 30 percent of the heating and cooling we make for our homes through our windows, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
That’s why finding a suitable material for your window treatments is so vital for savings on home energy bills and to stop energy waste. At Louver Shop of Charlotte, we’re here to help you select the best fit for your space during a free, in-home consultation.
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Below, we’ll dive into a question we get on a regular basis. Do wood blinds offer insulation and help you save on utility bills?
Understanding Wood Blinds Insulation
Matter used to preserve warmth in your home are assessed using R-values. This number calculates the insulation value of materials—with larger values meaning improved insulating ability for energy conservation.
The capability to lessen heat transfer changes between window treatment categories, as well as fabric selections. Typically, window treatments produced with solid materials—like wood or solid polymer—are more useful while insulating. Shades that can keep in air—like cellular shades—will also be a good fit.
Advantages of Wood Blinds Insulation
Wood blinds do contribute an aspect of insulation and energy efficiency to your residence. However, the U.S. Department of Energy generally advises these window treatments as a fix for stopping summer sunlight to diminish heat seeping into your home.
Parkland® wood blinds, made from basswood, are a gorgeous option for neighborhoods in more moderate climate areas—where seasonal heat is more common than low winter temperatures. And with a wide variety of colors and collections, there’s a Parkland blind to tailored to any style.
Shortcomings of Insulation from Wood Blinds
As mentioned already, real wood blinds are better suited to keep warm temperatures out of your rooms, as opposed to keep it in your home. This is due to the how blinds are designed.
With room between the individual slats and along the sides, there are plenty of paths to speed heat loss. And with comparatively thin slats, there isn’t much material between your space and the crisp temperatures beyond your windows.
Alternatives to Wood Blinds
If you enjoy the sophistication of wood blinds but aren’t sure their insulation value is right for your space, there are other options.
With a comparable style and better insulation, wood plantation shutters should be a nice alternative for your house. Because they’re fitted directly to your window frame, there is less opportunity for heat loss. Though shutters may be more expensive up front, plantation shutters can work for longer than blinds—giving you more value.
For extra energy efficiency to help lessen heat loss, try LouverWood® shutters. They have the appearance of wood shutters with nearly three times more insulating ability. Unlike some other faux wood shutters, LouverWood® shutters are firm polymer built to become a lasting part of your room.
Find the Right Shutter, Blind or Shade for You
Want to know more about your options for insulating window coverings? Louver Shop of Charlotte can help. During your free, in-home consultation our professionals will walk you through all your alternatives and look at them to choose the perfect fit for your space.
You’ll also get measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort™ Pricing quote at no cost—and with no obligation.