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Do Wood Blinds Provide Insulation?

In Regards to keeping a Cincinnati dwelling toasty, your windows are a major factor interfering with you. Sheets of glass have trouble insulating your house—especially when you look at the insulated walls next to them. In reality, we lose up to 30 percent of the heating and cooling we generate for our houses through our windows, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

That’s why selecting a fitting material for your window treatments is so critical for savings on home energy bills and to lower energy waste. At Louver Shop of Cincinnati, we’re ready to help you select the right match for your place during a free, in-home consultation.

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Next, we’ll explore an inquiry we get pretty often. Do wood blinds provide insulation and help you save on utility bills?

Figuring Out Wood Blinds Insulation

Matter used to keep warmer temperatures in your house are quantified using R-values. This number determines the insulation value of building elements—with bigger values meaning improved insulating capabilities for energy conservation.

The capacity to diminish heat transfer varies between window treatment classes, as well as material options. Usually, window treatments produced with solid materials—like wood or solid polymer—do a better job while insulating. Shades that can trap air—like cellular shades—will also be a good fit.

Strengths of Wood Blinds Insulation

Wood blinds do deliver an aspect of insulation and energy efficiency to your home. However, the U.S. Department of Energy mostly recommends these window treatments as a resource for stopping summer sunlight to limit heat coming into your house.

Parkland® wood blinds, made from basswood, are a handsome decision for neighborhoods in milder areas—where seasonal heat is more common than chilly winter temperatures. And with a wonderful selection of colors and collections, there’s a Parkland blind to tailored to any home.

Drawbacks of Insulation from Wood Blinds

As told earlier, real wood blinds work better to keep heat out of your space, as opposed to keep it in your home. This is due to the design style.

With space between the single slats and down the sides, there are plenty of paths to increase heat loss. And with relatively thin slats, there isn’t much there between your house and the cold outside your windows.

Alternatives to Wood Blinds

If you are drawn to the style of wood blinds but aren’t confident their insulation value is correct for your room, there are other alternatives.

With a similar look and stronger insulation, wood plantation shutters could be a good choice for your house. Because they’re fixed directly to your window frame, there is less opportunity for heat loss. Though shutters may seem pricier up front, plantation shutters can function for longer than blinds—giving you additional value.

For additional energy efficiency to help diminish heat loss, try LouverWoodTM shutters. They have the look of traditional shutters with up to three times more insulating power. Unlike some other faux wood shutters, LouverWood™ shutters are solid polymer meant to become a permanent part of your house.

Find the Right Shutter, Blind or Shade for You

Eager to hear more about your options for insulating shutters, blinds or shades? Louver Shop of Cincinnati can help. During your free, in-home consultation our professionals will lead you through all your options and compare them to discover the perfect complement for your space.

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

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