In Regards to keeping your family’s Memphis house toasty, your windows are a sizable component working against your goal. Layers of glass have trouble insulating rooms—especially when you look at the insulated walls connected to them. Altogether, we lose nearly 30 percent of the heating and cooling we create for our homes through our windows, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
That’s why selecting a suitable material for your window treatments is so essential for savings on home energy bills and to limit energy waste. At Louver Shop of Memphis, we’re here to assist you in select the perfect fit for your home during a free, in-home consultation.
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Now, we’ll dive into a question we get pretty often. Do wood blinds provide insulation and help you save on utility bills?
Understanding Wood Blinds Insulation
Components used to keep heat in your rooms are quantified using R-values. This number evaluates the insulation value of materials—with higher values signifying improved insulating capabilities for energy conservation.
The power to reduce heat transfer changes between window treatment categories, along with material alternatives. Typically, window treatments made of solid materials—like wood or solid polymer—are more effective while insulating. Shades that can hold in air—like cellular shades—will also be helpful.
Advantages of Wood Blinds Insulation
Wood blinds do bring an aspect of insulation and energy efficiency to your space. However, the U.S. Department of Energy mainly suggests these window treatments as a solution for stopping summer sunlight to limit heat seeping into your rooms.
Parkland® wood blinds, made from basswood, are a gorgeous decision for houses in milder 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.
Drawbacks of Insulation from Wood Blinds
As shown earlier, real wood blinds are better suited to keep warmth out of your rooms, as opposed to hold it indoors. This is due to the how blinds are designed.
With gaps between the single slats and down the sides, there are quite a few paths to increase heat loss. And with generally thin slats, there isn’t much there between your room and the crisp temperatures out in the world.
Alternatives to Wood Blinds
If you are drawn to the style of wood blinds but aren’t sure their insulation value is right for your space, there are other choices.
With a comparable style and added insulation, wood plantation shutters might be a nice alternative for your home. Because they’re fixed straight to your window frame, there is less opportunity for heat loss. Though this window treatment may seem pricier up front, plantation shutters can last for longer than blinds—giving you more value.
For added energy efficiency to help stop heat loss, try LouverWood® shutters. They have the style of wood shutters with up to three times more insulating power. Unlike some other faux wood shutters, LouverWood® shutters are dense polymer made to become a lasting part of your house.
Find the Best Window Covering for You
Want to know more about your choices for insulating shutters, blinds or shades? Louver Shop of Memphis can help. During your free, in-home consultation our team will guide you through all your alternatives and compare them to discover the perfect match for your house.
You’ll also get measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort™ Pricing quote at no charge—and with no obligation.