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Do Wood Blinds Provide Insulation?

As far as keeping a Austin space toasty, your windows are a sizable element interfering with your intention. Layers of glass have difficulty insulating rooms—especially when you think about the insulated walls next to them. In reality, we give up up to 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 choosing the correct material for your window treatments is so important for savings on home energy bills and to limit energy waste. At Louver Shop of Austin, we’re ready to assist you in discover the correct style for your house during a free, in-home consultation.

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Next, we’ll delve into a question we get regularly. Do wood blinds offer insulation and assist you in saving on utility bills?

Understanding Wood Blinds Insulation

Materials used to trap heat in your house are measured using R-values. This factor quantifies the insulation value of building elements—with bigger values showing increased insulating ability for energy conservation.

The capability to diminish heat transfer changes between window treatment categories, as well as material alternatives. Typically, window treatments produced with more substantial materials—like wood or solid polymer—are more useful while insulating. Shades that can hold in air—like cellular shades—will also do a good job.

Strengths of Wood Blinds Insulation

Wood blinds do bring an element of insulation and energy efficiency to your home. However, the U.S. Department of Energy mostly suggests these window treatments as a solution for blocking out summer sunlight to lessen heat slipping into your home.

Parkland® wood blinds, made from basswood, are a handsome option for neighborhoods in more moderate climate areas—where warmer heat happens more often than cold winter temperatures. And with a wide selection of colors and collections, there’s a Parkland blind to work with any style.

Weaknesses of Insulation from Wood Blinds

As told previously, real wood blinds are more matched to keep warmth out of your space, rather than contain it inside. This is due to the design style.

With room 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 space and the crisp temperatures out in the world.

Substitutions for Wood Blinds

If you enjoy the sophistication of wood blinds but aren’t confident their insulation value is correct for your house, there are other options.

With a similar fashion and added insulation, wood plantation shutters might be a nice alternative for your house. Because they’re attached right 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 years longer than blinds—giving you further value.

For extra energy efficiency to help diminish heat loss, try LouverWood® shutters. They have the look of traditional shutters with as much as three times more insulating ability. Unlike some other faux wood shutters, LouverWood® shutters are firm polymer meant to become a lasting part of your house.

Find the Right Window Treatment for You

Eager to learn more about your options for insulating window treatments? Louver Shop of Austin can help. During your free, in-home consultation our team will walk you through all your alternatives and look at them to discover the right complement for your space.

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