When it comes to keeping your family’s Dallas home comfortable, your windows are a considerable factor opposing your goal. Sheets of glass have difficulty insulating spaces—especially compared to the insulated walls around them. In fact, we give up nearly 30 percent of the heating and cooling we make for our homes through our windows, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
That’s why picking a fitting material for your window treatments is so important for savings on home energy bills and to limit energy waste. At Louver Shop of Dallas/Fort Worth, we’re happy to assist you in select the best match for your space during a free, in-home consultation.
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Now, we’ll delve into a question we get regularly. Do wood blinds offer insulation and aid you in saving on utility bills?
Breaking Down Window Treatment Insulation
Components used to keep heat in your house are gauged using R-values. This elements calculates the insulation value of building elements—with bigger values denoting increased insulating capacity for energy conservation.
The capacity to reduce heat transfer differs between window treatment types, as well as cloth or materials options. Most times, window treatments produced with solid materials—like wood or solid polymer—are more efficient while insulating. Shades that can keep in air—like cellular shades—will also be helpful.
Advantages of Wood Blinds
Wood blinds do bring a bit of insulation and energy efficiency to your rooms. However, the U.S. Department of Energy mainly recommends these window treatments as a fix for stopping summer sunlight to limit heat slipping into your rooms.
Parkland® wood blinds, made from basswood, are a beautiful option for families in more moderate climate areas—where seasonal heat lasts longer than chilly winter temperatures. And with a wide assortment of colors and collections, there’s a Parkland blind to work with any style.
Disadvantages of Wood Blinds
As told already, real wood blinds work better to keep heat out of your house, rather than trap it in your home. This is the design style.
With breaks between the single slats and along the sides, there are many paths to aid heat loss. And with generally thin slats, there isn’t much there between your home and the cold beyond your windows.
Substitutions for Wood Blinds
If you want the look of wood blinds but aren’t satisfied their insulation value is correct for your space, there are other alternatives.
With a similar look and better insulation, wood plantation shutters could be a good choice for your residence. Because they’re fixed directly to your window frame, there is less of a possibility for heat loss. Though they may have a higher cost up front, plantation shutters can function for years longer than blinds—giving you additional value.
For additional energy efficiency to help stop heat loss, try LouverWoodTM shutters. They have the style of traditional shutters with up to three times more insulating ability. Unlike some other faux wood shutters, LouverWood™ shutters are dense polymer meant to become a long-lasting complement to your house.
Find the Right Window Covering for You
Want to hear more about your options for insulating window coverings? Louver Shop of Dallas/Fort Worth can help. During your free, in-home consultation our professionals will walk you through all your choices and compare them to choose the perfect fit for your home.
You’ll also get measurements and a Louver Shop Complete Comfort™ Pricing quote at no charge—and with no obligation.