When it comes to keeping a Gulf Coast house toasty, your windows are a huge factor canceling out your intention. Sheets of glass have difficulty insulating your home—especially when you look at the insulated walls connected to them. As a matter of fact, we lose up to 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 the right material for your window treatments is so vital for savings on home energy bills and to decrease energy waste. At Louver Shop of Gulf Coast, we’re happy to help you find the best style for your house during a free, in-home consultation.
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Now, we’ll explore an inquiry we get on a regular basis. Do wood blinds provide insulation and help you save on utility bills?
Breaking Down Window Treatment Insulation
Components used to keep warmer temperatures in your home are quantified using R-values. This elements calculates the insulation value of building elements—with bigger values meaning increased insulating ability for energy conservation.
The power to decrease heat transfer changes between window treatment types, as well as cloth or materials selections. Most times, window treatments created from solid materials—like wood or solid polymer—are more useful while insulating. Shades that can keep in air—like cellular shades—will also do the trick.
Assets of Wood Blinds
Wood blinds do deliver an aspect of insulation and energy efficiency to your space. However, the U.S. Department of Energy mainly advises these window treatments as a solution for blocking out summer sunlight to reduce heat coming into your house.
Parkland® wood blinds, made from basswood, are a handsome choice for houses in more moderate climate areas—where summer heat lasts longer than chilly winter temperatures. And with an incredible selection of colors and collections, there’s a Parkland blind to fit any home.
Weaknesses of Wood Blinds
As highlighted already, real wood blinds are better suited to keep heat out of your rooms, rather than trap it indoors. This is a result of the nature of the design.
With space between the individual slats and along the sides, there are nearly endless paths to speed heat loss. And with generally thin slats, there isn’t much there between your house and the chill outside your windows.
Other Window Treatment Options
If you are drawn to the style of wood blinds but aren’t confident their insulation value is right for your family, there are other options.
With a comparable fashion and increased insulation, wood plantation shutters should be a fit for your house. Because they’re attached directly to your window frame, there is less of a chance for heat loss. Though shutters may seem pricier up front, plantation shutters can function for much longer than blinds—giving you more value.
For extra energy efficiency to help reduce heat loss, try LouverWoodTM shutters. They have the appearance of wood shutters with nearly three times more insulating capacity. Unlike some other faux wood shutters, LouverWood™ shutters are dense polymer meant to become a permanent part of your space.
Find the Correct Window Covering for You
Want to know more about your options for insulating window treatments? Louver Shop of Gulf Coast can help. During your free, in-home consultation our team will walk you through all your options and compare them to find the perfect fit for your home.
You’ll also obtain measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort™ Pricing quote at no charge—and with no obligation.