In Regards to keeping your Boston home toasty, your windows are a pretty big determinant interfering with your goal. Glass panes have difficulty insulating your home—especially when you look at the insulated walls connected to them. In fact, we squander about 30 percent of the heating and cooling we create for our homes through our windows, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
That’s why choosing the right material for your window treatments is so critical for savings on home energy bills and to decrease energy waste. At Louver Shop of Boston, we’re there to help you find the correct fit for your home during a free, in-home consultation.
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Now, we’ll delve into a question we get frequently. Do wood blinds create insulation and assist you in saving on utility bills?
Understanding Wood Blinds Insulation
Materials used to preserve heat in your rooms are measured using R-values. This component calculates the insulation value of materials—with bigger values showing more insulating power for energy conservation.
The power to diminish heat transfer differs between window treatment categories, along with material options. Usually, window treatments created from more substantial materials—like wood or solid polymer—are more useful while insulating. Shades that can trap air—like cellular shades—will also do a good job.
Strengths of Wood Blinds Insulation
Wood blinds do bring a bit of insulation and energy efficiency to your residence. However, the U.S. Department of Energy mostly suggests these window treatments as a resource for blocking out summer sunlight to limit heat coming into your space.
Parkland® wood blinds, made from basswood, are a solid option for homes in milder areas—where seasonal heat happens more often than dramatic winter temperatures. And with a great selection of colors and collections, there’s a Parkland blind to work with any space.
Disadvantages of Insulation from Wood Blinds
As told earlier, real wood blinds work better to keep warmth out of your rooms, rather than hold it inside. This is due to the nature of the design.
With breaks between the single slats and on the sides, there are nearly endless paths to increase heat loss. And with comparatively thin slats, there isn’t much there between your space and the cold outside.
Substitutions for Wood Blinds
If you enjoy the style of wood blinds but aren’t convinced their insulation value is correct for your home, there are other options.
With a close look and added insulation, wood plantation shutters should be a good choice for your residence. Because they’re fitted straight to your window frame, there is less of a chance for heat loss. Though this window treatment 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 LouverWood® shutters. They have the style of traditional shutters with nearly three times more insulating ability. Unlike some other faux wood shutters, LouverWood® shutters are solid polymer built to become a long-lasting complement to your home.
Find the Right Shutter, Blind or Shade for You
Eager to learn more about your choices for insulating window treatments? Louver Shop of Boston can help. During your free, in-home consultation our professionals will lead you through all your options and look at them to find the right fit for your space.
You’ll also get measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort™ Pricing quote at no charge—and with no obligation.