As far as keeping your Kansas City space warm, your windows are a huge component negating your goal. Sheets of glass have difficulty insulating spaces—especially compared to the insulated walls next to them. Altogether, 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 selecting 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 there to aid you in pick the perfect fit for your space during a free, in-home consultation.
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Now, we’ll take a look at a question we get on a regular basis. Do wood blinds provide insulation and aid you in saving on utility bills?
Figuring Out Wood Blinds Insulation
Matter used to preserve heat in your space are quantified using R-values. This factor measures the insulation value of materials—with greater values signifying more insulating capabilities for energy conservation.
The ability to diminish heat transfer varies between window treatment types, as well as fabric selections. In general, window treatments created from more substantial materials—like wood or solid polymer—are more useful 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 bit 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 decision 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 highlighted already, real wood blinds are more matched to keep warmth out of your home, instead of trap it indoors. This is the how blinds are designed.
With room between the separate slats and along the sides, there are plenty of paths to increase heat loss. And with relatively thin slats, there isn’t much there between your space and the crisp temperatures outside.
Alternatives to Wood Blinds
If you enjoy the look of wood blinds but aren’t sure their insulation value is correct for your family, there are other choices.
With a comparable fashion and added insulation, wood plantation shutters should be a good choice for your house. Because they’re fixed right to your window frame, there is less opportunity for heat loss. Though this window treatment may be more expensive up front, plantation shutters can last for longer than blinds—giving you further value.
For added energy efficiency to help reduce heat loss, try LouverWoodTM 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 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 walk you through all your choices and compare them to find the perfect match for your needs.
You’ll also get measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort™ Pricing quote at no cost—and with no obligation.