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Do Wood Blinds Provide Insulation?

In Regards to keeping your family’s Memphis dwelling heated, 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. As a matter of fact, we lose nearly 30 percent of the heating and cooling we create for our houses 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 limit energy waste. At Louver Shop of Memphis, we’re here to assist you in discover the best 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 create insulation and help you save on utility bills?

Understanding Wood Blinds Insulation

Matter used to keep warmth in your rooms are quantified using R-values. This number determines the insulation value of materials—with higher values signifying improved insulating ability for energy conservation.

The power to cut down heat transfer changes between window treatment categories, along with material choices. Typically, window treatments created from solid materials—like wood or solid polymer—are more effective while insulating. Shades that can hold in air—like cellular shades—will also be a good fit.

Strengths of Wood Blinds Insulation

Wood blinds do bring an aspect of insulation and energy efficiency to your family’s home. However, the U.S. Department of Energy mainly suggests these window treatments as a solution for blocking out summer sunlight to limit heat coming 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 assortment 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 work better to keep heat out of your rooms, instead of 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 comparably 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 look of wood blinds but aren’t sure their insulation value is a fit for your room, 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 of a chance 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 LouverWoodTM shutters. They have the appearance of wood shutters with up to three times more insulating ability. Unlike some other faux wood shutters, LouverWood™ shutters are dense polymer made to become a long-lasting complement to your room.

Find the Best Window Covering for You

Ready 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 choose the perfect match for your needs.

You’ll also receive measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort™ Pricing quote at no charge—and with no obligation.

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