In Regards to keeping your Kansas City space warm, your windows are a major component negating you. Sheets of glass have difficulty insulating spaces—especially when you look at the insulated walls next to them. As a matter of fact, we give up up to 30 percent of the heating and cooling we generate for our homes through our windows, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
That’s why finding the right material for your window treatments is so critical for savings on home energy bills and to decrease energy waste. At Louver Shop of Kansas City, we’re ready to assist you in pick the perfect fit for your space during a free, in-home consultation.
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Below, we’ll explore an inquiry we get on a regular basis. Do wood blinds provide insulation and assist you in saving on utility bills?
Figuring Out Wood Blinds Insulation
Matter used to preserve heat in your space are assessed using R-values. This factor measures the insulation value of building elements—with greater values denoting more insulating ability for energy conservation.
The ability to diminish heat transfer varies between window treatment classes, in addition to material selections. In general, window treatments created from thicker materials—like wood or solid polymer—are more efficient while insulating. Shades that can hold in air—like cellular shades—will also be a good fit.
Assets of Wood Blinds Insulation
Wood blinds do deliver a component of insulation and energy efficiency to your house. However, the U.S. Department of Energy generally recommends these window treatments as a fix for blocking out summer sunlight to reduce heat coming into your home.
Parkland® wood blinds, made from basswood, are a beautiful solution for homes in milder areas—where summer heat happens more often than dramatic winter temperatures. And with a wide selection of colors and collections, there’s a Parkland blind to tailored to any home.
Weaknesses of Insulation from Wood Blinds
As shown already, real wood blinds are more matched to keep heat out of your home, instead of trap it indoors. This is the how blinds are designed.
With room between the separate slats and on the sides, there are plenty of paths to increase heat loss. And with relatively thin slats, there isn’t much there between your home and the crisp temperatures outside.
Substitutions for Wood Blinds
If you want the style of wood blinds but aren’t sure their insulation value is correct for your family, there are other choices.
With a comparable look and added insulation, wood plantation shutters should be a good choice for your house. Because they’re fixed directly to your window frame, there is less of a chance for heat loss. Though this window treatment may have a higher cost up front, plantation shutters can last for much longer than blinds—giving you more value.
For additional energy efficiency to help reduce heat loss, try LouverWood® shutters. They have the look of wood shutters with up to three times more insulating power. Unlike some other faux wood shutters, LouverWood® shutters are solid polymer created to become a long-lasting fixture in your space.
Find the Correct Window Treatment for You
Eager to learn more about your options for insulating window coverings? Louver Shop of Kansas City can help. During your free, in-home consultation our team will guide you through all your choices and weigh them to find the perfect complement for your needs.
You’ll also get measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort™ Pricing quote at no cost—and with no obligation.