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Do Wood Blinds Provide Insulation?

As far as keeping a Philadelphia dwelling heated, your windows are a pretty big component working against your intention. Glass panes have trouble insulating your house—especially when you look at the insulated walls next to them. In reality, we give up up to 30 percent of the heating and cooling we make 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 important for savings on home energy bills and to decrease energy waste. At Louver Shop of Philadelphia, we’re happy to assist you in discover the right style for your place during a free, in-home consultation.

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Now, we’ll dive into an inquiry we get pretty often. Do wood blinds create insulation and help you save on utility bills?

Understanding Wood Blinds Insulation

Elements used to keep heat in your home are calculated using R-values. This number calculates the insulation value of building elements—with bigger values signifying improved insulating power for energy conservation.

The capacity to cut down heat transfer varies between window treatment classes, in addition to cloth or materials alternatives. Typically, window treatments created from thicker materials—like wood or solid polymer—are more useful while insulating. Shades that can hold in air—like cellular shades—will also be helpful.

Strengths 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 mostly suggests these window treatments as a solution for closing out summer sunlight to limit heat slipping into your home.

Parkland® wood blinds, made from basswood, are a handsome option for homes in milder areas—where summer heat lasts longer than low winter temperatures. And with a great selection of colors and collections, there’s a Parkland blind to work with any home.

Weaknesses of Insulation from Wood Blinds

As told previously, real wood blinds are better suited to keep warm temperatures out of your home, as opposed to contain it in your home. This is the nature of the design.

With breaks between the single slats and down the sides, there are plenty of paths to speed heat loss. And with comparably thin slats, there isn’t much there between your house and the crisp temperatures beyond your windows.

Substitutions for Wood Blinds

If you like the look of wood blinds but aren’t convinced their insulation value is right for your room, there are other alternatives.

With a comparable style and increased insulation, wood plantation shutters could be a good choice for your house. Because they’re fixed right to your window frame, there is less of a chance for heat loss. Though shutters may be more expensive up front, plantation shutters can work for years longer than blinds—giving you additional value.

For additional energy efficiency to help lessen heat loss, try LouverWood® shutters. They have the style of wood shutters with as much as three times more insulating capacity. Unlike some other faux wood shutters, LouverWood® shutters are dense polymer meant to become a lasting fixture in your home.

Find the Correct Window Covering for You

Eager to know more about your options for insulating shutters, blinds or shades? Louver Shop of Philadelphia can help. During your free, in-home consultation our experts will guide you through all your options and weigh them to choose the right match for your house.

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

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