When it comes to keeping a Detroit home warm, your windows are a major determinant opposing your goal. Layers of glass have difficulty insulating spaces—especially when you look at the insulated walls next to them. As a matter of fact, we give up about 30 percent of the heating and cooling we create for our houses through our windows, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
That’s why picking the correct material for your window treatments is so critical for savings on home energy bills and to stop energy waste. At Louver Shop of Metro Detroit, we’re happy to help you find the correct fit for your home during a free, in-home consultation.
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Now, we’ll explore a question we get pretty often. Do wood blinds provide insulation and help you save on utility bills?
Figuring Out Wood Blinds Insulation
Matter used to preserve warmer temperatures in your rooms are gauged using R-values. This number calculates the insulation value of objects—with higher values meaning better insulating capabilities for energy conservation.
The capacity to lessen heat transfer varies between window treatment types, as well as material choices. 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 be a good fit.
Assets of Wood Blinds Insulation
Wood blinds do deliver an element of insulation and energy efficiency to your family’s home. However, the U.S. Department of Energy mostly suggests these window treatments as a fix for blocking out summer sunlight to reduce heat seeping into your home.
Parkland® wood blinds, made from basswood, are a solid fit for homes in milder areas—where summer heat lasts longer than low winter temperatures. And with an incredible assortment of colors and collections, there’s a Parkland blind to fit any look.
Disadvantages of Insulation from Wood Blinds
As highlighted already, real wood blinds are more matched to keep warmth out of your house, as opposed to hold it inside. This is due to the design style.
With space between the separate slats and along the sides, there are plenty of paths to increase heat loss. And with relatively thin slats, there isn’t much material between your room and the chill out in the world.
Substitutions for Wood Blinds
If you are drawn to the style of wood blinds but aren’t convinced their insulation value is correct for your house, there are other choices.
With a comparable look and added insulation, wood plantation shutters might be a fit for your home. Because they’re fitted directly to your window frame, there is less of a chance for heat loss. Though they may have a higher cost up front, plantation shutters can last for much longer than blinds—giving you further value.
For added energy efficiency to help reduce heat loss, try LouverWoodTM shutters. They have the style of traditional shutters with up to three times more insulating ability. Unlike some other faux wood shutters, LouverWood™ shutters are firm polymer made to become a long-lasting fixture in your room.
Find the Correct Window Covering for You
Eager to learn more about your options for insulating window coverings? Louver Shop of Metro Detroit can help. During your free, in-home consultation our experts will guide you through all your choices and weigh them to choose the right fit for your space.
You’ll also obtain measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort™ Pricing quote for free—and with no obligation.