Do Blinds Help Keep Cold Out? You’ll Be Surprised
Blinds are type of functional and decorative window dressing that are used primarily to block sunlight and protect a home’s privacy. However, some people claim that blinds can be used for energy saving purposes because they can insulate your home against heat and cold.
If you live in a cold area and your heating bills are too high, then you should consider using blinds to help retain some of the heat in your home. Read on for more information about how blinds can insulate your windows and keep the cold out.
How Homes Lose Heat
Why is it that during winter months some homes must keep their heating running all day and night? One would think that once the house gets warm, we would be able to turn off the heating. Unfortunately, heat can escape from the house through gaps on doors, walls, on the roof, and on windows. In fact, most of the heat lost from homes is through windows. According to the Australian Window Association, windows are the cause of as much as 40% of heat loss from buildings.
Finding a way to prevent heat lost through your windows can therefore save you a ton on energy costs. Cooler Air Today recommends installing blinds that prevent heat from entering the home during warm days as well as hot air from escaping the home on cold days. This was you can keep you home hot in the winter and cool in the summer without spending much on heating and cooling devices.
How Blinds Help Keep Cold Out
When blinds are measured and fitted properly they insulate your home by trapping a layer of air between the blinds fabric and the window. This effectively seals of your windows so that air can’t escape from the windows. For the best effect you should pull up blinds during the day to allow sunlight in to warm the home. In the evening, as soon as the sun sets, the blinds can then be pulled down. With the blinds shut, warm air from the natural sunlight and your mechanical heaters won’t escape from the home.
The Best Type Of Blinds To Keep Cold Out
There are many types of blinds. Some are made from fabric and others are made or wooden, plastic or metallic slats. The best types of blinds that help keep cold out are the ones made from fabric. The ones with slats such as venetian blinds are better for the summer as they allow heat to escape in between the slats.
Honeycomb blinds are a type of fabric roller blind that are great insulators as well as sun blockers. When choosing blinds pay attention to the fabric as some are better at insulation than others. Thermal fabrics are the best for keeping the heat in.
Blinds can be a huge energy-saving option for you if you experience a lot of heat loss through your windows. Use a professional to measure and fit your blinds to ensure no heat escapes from the sides or top. For more information on blinds such as which ones are currently in style and how long motorized blinds should last, read the rest of our blog.
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