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Saving Energy With Window Blinds

April 21, 2017

Most homeowners decide to purchase window treatments for design purposes to showcase nature’s artwork. Some might even purchase blinds for privacy reasons. However, one of the most important aspects of blinds that people all too often forget is their ability to save energy!

Think about it: the right window treatments can save you energy when the weather changes and save you on your electricity bill each month. When you carefully invest in the right window treatment for your particular home’s environment and location, you can save money and energy.

Control Room Temperature

Blinds from Continental Blinds and Care can serve as a direct way to control light and how much sunlight actually shines into the room correlates to the room’s temperature. When there is direct sunlight shining into a room through a large window, the room can heat up very quickly. It can rise up by 71 percent. This process is called “solar heat gain” and it can be a blessing on an icy winter day. It can allow you to not use your heater as much on such cold days. However, this is the opposite of what you want during the dog days of summer. According to the United States Department of Energy (DOE), just adding blinds or cellular shades can reduce heat gain by as much as 33 percent. Blinds allow you to block solar radiation in the summer and enables your windows to soak up the warming sun in the winter, but not increase your room’s temperature.

Exterior Blinds Reducing Heat Gain

While interior blinds help reduce solar heat gain while maintaining desired light, ventilation and privacy, exterior blinds help even more! But, these exterior blinds tend to be often overlooked. When placed on south- and west-facing windows, exterior windows can reduce heat gain. Unlike interior blinds, exterior ones block the heat before it is transmitted through the actual window and warms up the room. They are a bit tricky to add on to an existing window, but possible with the right tools. Therefore, to make it easier on homeowners, one should think about exterior window treatments before the building is constructed.

Blinds as Insulation

For those who live in colder environments, blinds serve as a means of insulation. While heat can be gained through the process of radiating solar heat gain, heat can be lost through conduction and drafts. This becomes a major issues even when the windows are older and thinner. Heat can escape at such a rate that a room can lose around 48 percent of its heat just through an uninsulated window. Blinds can provide an extra layer of insulation. Thicker blinds can help with this by providing a thick “air gap” between the actual window pane and the inside surface of the window treatment. A homeowner who is concerned about this heat loss through windows in the winter can save a bunch of energy and money just by placing blinds or cellular shades on his or her home’s windows.

By adding window treatments to your home, you can control the room’s temperature during the changing seasons through interior and exterior processes and provide insulation. Blinds can save you on your energy bill each month by keeping the heat in and out when desired. You won’t be forced to pay more for your electricity bill to heat or cool your home. Window treatments can help you save money and energy in the long run.

This blog was developed by Continental Blinds and Care. All posts, sponsored and un-sponsored have been reviewed and approved by the Sustainable Community Media Editorial Team to ensure quality, relevance/usefulness and objectivity.

 


Topics: Interior Design, Remodeling, Thermal Envelope, Windows


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