In Regards to keeping your family’s Wichita dwelling heated, your windows are a major factor negating your goal. Glass panes have trouble insulating rooms—especially compared to the insulated walls connected to them. Altogether, we lose up to 30 percent of the heating and cooling we produce for our space through our windows, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
That’s why selecting a fitting material for your window treatments is so essential for savings on home energy bills and to stop energy waste. At Louver Shop of Wichita, we’re ready to help you pick the best fit for your space during a free, in-home consultation.
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Below, we’ll delve into a question we get pretty often. Do wood blinds offer insulation and help you save on utility bills?
Understanding Window Treatment Insulation
Elements used to preserve warmth in your house are measured using R-values. This factor determines the insulation value of objects—with bigger values meaning better insulating capabilities for energy conservation.
The capability to diminish heat transfer changes between window treatment types, in addition to cloth or materials options. In general, window treatments created from thicker 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.
Assets of Wood Blinds
Wood blinds do deliver an element of insulation and energy efficiency to your home. However, the U.S. Department of Energy generally recommends 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 gorgeous choice for neighborhoods in more moderate climate areas—where seasonal heat appears more frequently than cold winter temperatures. And with an incredible assortment of colors and collections, there’s a Parkland blind to tailored to any home.
Disadvantages of Wood Blinds
As shown already, real wood blinds work better to keep heat out of your house, as opposed to contain it inside. This is due to the nature of the design.
With breaks between the separate slats and along the sides, there are nearly endless paths to aid heat loss. And with relatively thin slats, there isn’t much there between your house and the cold outside.
Substitutions for Wood Blinds
If you like the look of wood blinds but aren’t satisfied their insulation value is correct for your space, there are other choices.
With a comparable fashion and added insulation, wood plantation shutters might be a nice alternative for your home. Because they’re fitted directly to your window frame, there is less of a possibility 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 added energy efficiency to help reduce heat loss, try LouverWoodTM shutters. They have the style of traditional shutters with as much as three times more insulating power. Unlike some other faux wood shutters, LouverWood™ shutters are dense polymer built to become a permanent complement to your home.
Find the Best Window Covering for You
Ready to learn more about your alternatives for insulating window coverings? Louver Shop of Wichita can help. During your free, in-home consultation our team will guide you through all your options and compare them to choose the best fit for your home.
You’ll also obtain measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort™ Pricing quote at no charge—and with no obligation.