If you’re like most homeowners, you use your blinds to keep out the heat of the sun in the summer—but did you know that blinds can also be used to keep your home warm in the winter? Today’s blinds are technical wonders, able to do both jobs incredibly well.
How Today’s Blinds Keep Heat in Your Home
Some modern blinds will trap heat in their material and release it inside. Others will use color to attract heat. Today, the blinds on offer are both good-looking and hard-working, saving you money on your energy bill.
These contemporary blinds prevent warm air from leaving your home. They do this by blocking the “escape route” to your home’s windows. However, in order for them to do this, blinds must be properly installed so as to fit snugly inside your window’s frame. These types of blinds are called “perfect fit” blinds.
One of the most effective ways to ensure heat stays inside your home is to choose roller shades. There are many types of these shades. Some are dual-sided, and what’s interesting about these is that they can be reversed as the seasons change. This is because one side of these shades is highly reflective while the other has a surface that absorbs heat.
The best tip for these is to ensure that their reflective surface should always face the warmest side. Put another way, you should face these window treatments in Miami with their reflective side out during the summer to reflect the heat, and with their insulated side outward during winter to absorb the heat.
These window coverings are true marvels. Also known as honeycomb shades, cellular shades consist of anywhere from one to three layers of cells. Inside each cell is what’s known as “dead air,” which increases the insulating value of these cellular shades.
Cellular shades are made of fabric that’s been pleated in accordion style. The cells are effectively tubes that create a barrier between the cold of glass windows and the inside of your home. Although these shades may look fragile and paper-like, the fabric used to manufacture them does have weight and softness.
Single-celled shades consist of a single layer of cells. These shades provide the lowest insulating value and, because they require less material, are also typically less expensive than their double- or triple-celled counterparts. Double- and triple-celled shades consist of two and three cell layers and provide a much higher insulating value.
An interesting aspect of cellular shades is that, in addition to trapping heat and keeping it inside your home, they also insulate your home against noise from outdoors. This makes cellular shades an ideal choice for a baby or child’s room, where quiet is essential.
Although many materials are available, some kind of insulating feature is absolutely essential if you wish to install blinds that keep heat inside your home during the winter. When made with thick blackout material, vertical blinds will, when turned to the face the outside, absorb the sun’s rays.
However, vertical blinds made from vinyl can also trap heat inside your home. When closed all the way, the slats will overlap and seal tightly, preventing the cold from passing from your windows into the room.
Roman blinds are not only very trendy but can also help you to keep more heat inside during winter months. Some roman blinds are made of a thermal material that has been designed to absorb heat and release it inside. Others are made of a thinner material for the summer months.
You can choose to install thicker roman blinds for cooler months, switching to thinner fabric when the spring returns. This is possible, thanks in large part to their affordability. Another benefit of roman blinds is that they are available in a wide range of colors and patterns, meaning you can match them to any decor.
Able to fit windows of virtually any size, sliding panels are available in a wide range of colors, transparencies, and patterns. What makes this type of window covering unique is the clean look it provides, but its uniqueness also lies in its ability to create a true barrier between windows and your home’s interior.
Sliding panels run floor-to-ceiling, are vertical, and provide a seal at the top, bottom, and sides of a window, making them a popular option. Another benefit is, when closed, sliding panels overlap, making them one of the best insulating blinds. This provides an additional seal against the cold.
Although you may not think wood would be able to keep heat in your home this winter, the truth is that blinds made from this material provide excellent insulation. Not only that, but the look of natural wood will add much beauty to the rest of your decor.
The type of material you choose for your wooden blinds will depend entirely on your budget. Blinds made of real wood tend to cost more than those made from composite or other materials that are made to look like wood.
Many homeowners swear by the heat-insulating properties of wooden shutters. This may be because of the way in which shutters are fitted to a window. Considered to be a type of window blind, shutters are installed on the inside of the window’s frame. This tight seal all the way around eliminates the possibility of cold drafts. As well, the slats of wooden shutters are thick and, when closed, also provide a tight seal.
Using Your Blinds Properly
Although today’s blinds have plenty in the way of new technology and fabrics to insulate your home against winter’s chill, how you operate them can also make a significant difference to your energy bill.
First, you must ensure that you open and close your blinds at the right time of day. Otherwise, your blinds won’t be able to do their job of insulating your home. Modern options for blinds such as motorized vertical blinds in Miami allow incremental user control, which means you can allow any amount of light and heat into your home during the day.
At night, it’s important to ensure your blinds are closed completely so as to provide a barrier to the cold. Not only that, but keeping blinds closed at night will allow your heating system to use less energy, as it won’t have to work so hard to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Similarly, it’s important to adjust your blinds properly. In the morning, for example, you can leave blinds open to allow sunlight in. However, as the day progresses, you’ll want to close those blinds to ensure the morning’s heat remains inside.
Choose the Right Blinds
As stated previously, the options for insulating blinds are virtually endless. Where the goal is to insulate your home from the cold, it’s important to ensure that the products you choose will meet your needs. You may, for example, require a home office to have diffused light during the day, while a bedroom may require blinds having blackout properties.
Improper installation can also make your blinds less useful. In order to provide your home with the highest energy efficiency, any blinds you choose should overlap evenly, as well as be installed as close to windows as possible. Any gaps around your blinds or between slats will allow drafts to enter your home.
Choosing the Right Retailer
Where it comes to choosing the best blinds for your home, it’s wise to choose a company specializing in Hunter Douglas blinds and their installation. Decor Blinds and Shades not only possesses extensive knowledge of the best insulating blinds for your home but also specializes in professional blind installation throughout Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
The numerous window covering options we offer not only provide you with privacy and insulation but also help add style to your decor. Discover the many benefits of choosing a professional blinds retailer and installer; contact Decor Blinds and Shades by calling (305)-290-4660 and scheduling your free in-home consultation.