When it comes to keeping a Denver home toasty, your windows are a sizable factor interfering with your intention. Glass panes have difficulty insulating rooms—especially compared to the insulated walls around them. Altogether, we give up up to 30 percent of the heating and cooling we make for our space through our windows, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
That’s why finding a fitting material for your window treatments is so essential for savings on home energy bills and to stop energy waste. At Louver Shop of Colorado, we’re happy to assist you in pick the best fit for your place during a free, in-home consultation.
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Below, we’ll delve into an inquiry we get frequently. Do wood blinds provide insulation and aid you in saving on utility bills?
Figuring Out Wood Blinds Insulation
Elements used to keep heat in your rooms are gauged using R-values. This factor determines the insulation value of building elements—with higher values showing better insulating capacity for energy conservation.
The ability to lessen heat transfer varies between window treatment categories, as well as fabric selections. Typically, window treatments created from solid materials—like wood or solid polymer—are more effective while insulating. Shades that can keep in air—like cellular shades—will also be a good fit.
Strengths of Wood Blinds Insulation
Wood blinds do bring a component of insulation and energy efficiency to your residence. However, the U.S. Department of Energy mostly advises these window treatments as a resource for blocking out summer sunlight to reduce heat coming into your space.
Parkland® wood blinds, made from basswood, are a beautiful option for neighborhoods in more moderate climate areas—where warmer heat happens more often than chilly winter temperatures. And with a wide assortment of colors and collections, there’s a Parkland blind to fit any space.
Weaknesses of Insulation from Wood Blinds
As told previously, real wood blinds are better suited to keep warmth out of your rooms, rather than contain it inside. This is due to the design style.
With space between the separate slats and on the sides, there are quite a few paths to aid heat loss. And with relatively thin slats, there isn’t much there between your home and the cold outside.
Other Window Treatment Options
If you enjoy the look of wood blinds but aren’t convinced their insulation value is right for your family, there are other choices.
With a similar look and stronger insulation, wood plantation shutters might be a fit for your home. Because they’re fitted directly to your window frame, there is less of a possibility for heat loss. Though this window treatment may have a higher cost up front, plantation shutters can function for much longer than blinds—giving you added value.
For added energy efficiency to help diminish heat loss, try LouverWood® shutters. They have the look of wood shutters with nearly three times more insulating ability. Unlike some other faux wood shutters, LouverWood® shutters are solid polymer meant to become a long-lasting part of your space.
Find the Best Window Treatment for You
Eager to know more about your alternatives for insulating window treatments? Louver Shop of Colorado can help. During your free, in-home consultation our team will walk you through all your alternatives and compare them to find the best match for your needs.
You’ll also get measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort™ Pricing quote for free—and with no obligation.