When it comes to keeping your family’s Charleston home warm, your windows are a considerable element negating your goal. Sheets of glass have trouble insulating spaces—especially compared to the insulated walls around them. In fact, we squander 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 picking a fitting material for your window treatments is so important for savings on home energy bills and to curb energy waste. At Louver Shop of Charleston, we’re ready to aid you in select the perfect match for your place during a free, in-home consultation.
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Next, we’ll examine a question we get on a regular basis. Do wood blinds create insulation and assist you in saving on utility bills?
Understanding Wood Blinds Insulation
Components used to keep warmer temperatures in your space are quantified using R-values. This factor evaluates the insulation value of building elements—with larger values indicating improved insulating ability for energy conservation.
The capacity to reduce heat transfer varies between window treatment categories, in addition to material selections. Typically, window treatments made of sturdier materials—like wood or solid polymer—are more efficient while insulating. Shades that can trap air—like cellular shades—will also be a good fit.
Advantages of Wood Blinds Insulation
Wood blinds do bring a bit of insulation and energy efficiency to your family’s home. However, the U.S. Department of Energy primarily advises these window treatments as a solution for blocking out summer sunlight to lessen heat coming into your rooms.
Parkland® wood blinds, made from basswood, are a beautiful solution for houses in milder areas—where seasonal heat is more common than dramatic winter temperatures. And with a wide selection of colors and collections, there’s a Parkland blind to tailored to any space.
Weaknesses of Insulation from Wood Blinds
As highlighted already, real wood blinds are more matched to keep warm temperatures out of your home, as opposed to trap it indoors. This is due to the design style.
With space between the individual slats and down the sides, there are many paths to aid heat loss. And with relatively thin slats, there isn’t much material between your room and the crisp temperatures beyond your windows.
Alternatives to Wood Blinds
If you enjoy the look of wood blinds but aren’t sure their insulation value is right for your house, there are other alternatives.
With a comparable fashion and stronger insulation, wood plantation shutters could be a fit for your residence. Because they’re fitted directly to your window frame, there is less opportunity for heat loss. Though they may be more expensive up front, plantation shutters can function for years longer than blinds—giving you further value.
For additional energy efficiency to help diminish heat loss, try LouverWood® 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 solid polymer made to become a long-lasting complement to your space.
Find the Right Window Treatment for You
Ready to hear more about your choices for insulating window treatments? Louver Shop of Charleston can help. During your free, in-home consultation our team will walk you through all your options and compare them to find the right match for your space.
You’ll also receive measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort™ Pricing quote at no cost—and with no obligation.