When it comes to keeping your Pittsburgh space heated, your windows are a pretty big element interfering with your intention. Sheets of glass have difficulty insulating your home—especially when you think about the insulated walls around them. As a matter of fact, we give up nearly 30 percent of the heating and cooling we produce 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 essential for savings on home energy bills and to decrease 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 explore query we get regularly. Do wood blinds create insulation and aid you in saving on utility bills?
Figuring Out Wood Blinds Insulation
Matter used to trap warmer temperatures in your space are assessed using R-values. This number quantifies the insulation value of building elements—with greater values signifying increased insulating capacity for energy conservation.
The capacity to decrease heat transfer changes between window treatment classes, along with cloth or materials choices. Most times, window treatments made of more substantial materials—like wood or solid polymer—are more efficient 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 mostly recommends these window treatments as a solution for closing out summer sunlight to lessen heat seeping into your rooms.
Parkland® wood blinds, made from basswood, are a solid solution for families in warmer areas—where summer heat lasts longer than dramatic winter temperatures. And with a wide selection of colors and collections, there’s a Parkland blind to tailored to any style.
Weaknesses of Insulation from Wood Blinds
As mentioned before, real wood blinds are better suited to keep heat out of your home, as opposed to contain it inside. This is the design style.
With room between the single slats and down the sides, there are quite a few 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 options.
With a similar fashion and increased insulation, wood plantation shutters might be a good choice for your home. Because they’re fixed straight to your window frame, there is less opportunity for heat loss. Though they may seem pricier up front, plantation shutters can last for much longer than blinds—giving you additional value.
For additional energy efficiency to help reduce heat loss, try LouverWood® shutters. They have the style 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 long-lasting part of your house.
Find the Perfect 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 choose the perfect complement for your home.
You’ll also get measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort™ Pricing quote at no cost—and with no obligation.