In Regards to keeping your Lake Charles house heated, your windows are a huge component negating you. Layers of glass have trouble insulating your home—especially compared to the insulated walls next to them. In reality, we give up about 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 choosing a fitting material for your window treatments is so important for savings on home energy bills and to lower energy waste. At Louver Shop of Louisiana, we’re ready to assist you in select the correct fit for your home during a free, in-home consultation.
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Next, we’ll examine an inquiry we get regularly. Do wood blinds offer insulation and aid you in saving on utility bills?
Understanding Wood Blinds Insulation
Matter used to preserve warmth in your house are calculated using R-values. This number determines the insulation value of materials—with greater values meaning improved insulating capacity for energy conservation.
The power to reduce heat transfer changes between window treatment types, along with cloth or materials alternatives. Most times, 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 be helpful.
Strengths of Wood Blinds Insulation
Wood blinds do contribute a bit of insulation and energy efficiency to your residence. However, the U.S. Department of Energy mainly recommends these window treatments as a resource for closing out summer sunlight to lessen heat seeping into your home.
Parkland® wood blinds, made from basswood, are a beautiful decision for neighborhoods in warmer areas—where summer heat is more common than low winter temperatures. And with a wide variety of colors and collections, there’s a Parkland blind to work with any space.
Weaknesses of Insulation from Wood Blinds
As shown already, real wood blinds work better to keep warm temperatures out of your space, rather than trap it inside. This is a result of the design style.
With space between the single slats and down the sides, there are many paths to increase heat loss. And with relatively thin slats, there isn’t much there between your house and the cold outside.
Alternatives to Wood Blinds
If you are drawn to the style of wood blinds but aren’t confident their insulation value is correct for your room, there are other options.
With a comparable look and stronger insulation, wood plantation shutters could be a nice alternative for your home. Because they’re fixed right to your window frame, there is less of a possibility for heat loss. Though shutters may have a higher cost up front, plantation shutters can function for longer than blinds—giving you further value.
For additional energy efficiency to help stop heat loss, try LouverWood® shutters. They have the look of wood shutters with up to three times more insulating ability. Unlike some other faux wood shutters, LouverWood® shutters are dense polymer meant to become a permanent part of your room.
Find the Right Window Treatment for You
Eager to hear more about your alternatives for insulating window treatments? Louver Shop of Louisiana can help. During your free, in-home consultation our experts will lead you through all your options and compare them to choose the right match for your house.
You’ll also get measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort™ Pricing quote for free—and with no obligation.