When it comes to keeping a Pittsburgh space toasty, your windows are a sizable element interfering with your intention. Sheets of glass have difficulty insulating your home—especially when you think about the insulated walls next to them. As a matter of fact, we lose nearly 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 the right material for your window treatments is so vital for savings on home energy bills and to stop energy waste. At Louver Shop of Pittsburgh, we’re here to help you pick the right fit for your home during a free, in-home consultation.
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Next, we’ll take a look at query we get regularly. Do wood blinds provide insulation and assist you in saving on utility bills?
Figuring Out Wood Blinds Insulation
Matter used to keep warmer temperatures in your space are quantified using R-values. This number quantifies the insulation value of materials—with greater values denoting increased insulating capacity for energy conservation.
The capacity to decrease heat transfer changes between window treatment types, along with cloth or materials alternatives. Most times, window treatments made of thicker materials—like wood or solid polymer—are more useful while insulating. Shades that can hold in air—like cellular shades—will also do the trick.
Assets of Wood Blinds Insulation
Wood blinds do contribute a bit of insulation and energy efficiency to your space. However, the U.S. Department of Energy generally recommends these window treatments as a fix for closing out summer sunlight to lessen heat seeping into your house.
Parkland® wood blinds, made from basswood, are a solid decision for families in milder areas—where summer heat lasts longer than dramatic winter temperatures. And with a wide assortment of colors and collections, there’s a Parkland blind to tailored to any style.
Weaknesses of Insulation from Wood Blinds
As mentioned earlier, real wood blinds are better suited to keep heat out of your home, as opposed to keep it in your home. This is the how blinds are designed.
With room between the single slats and down the sides, there are nearly endless paths to speed heat loss. And with relatively thin slats, there isn’t much left between your house and the cold outside.
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 space, there are other choices.
With a similar look and increased insulation, wood plantation shutters could be a fit for your home. Because they’re fixed straight to your window frame, there is less of a chance for heat loss. Though shutters may seem pricier up front, plantation shutters can work for much longer than blinds—giving you additional value.
For additional energy efficiency to help reduce heat loss, try LouverWoodTM shutters. They have the appearance of wood shutters with up to three times more insulating capacity. Unlike some other faux wood shutters, LouverWood™ shutters are firm polymer made to become a lasting complement to your room.
Find the Best Shutter, Blind or Shade for You
Eager to learn more about your alternatives for insulating window coverings? Louver Shop of Pittsburgh can help. During your free, in-home consultation our professionals will walk you through all your alternatives and compare them to discover the perfect complement for your home.
You’ll also get measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort™ Pricing quote for free—and with no obligation.