Windows may not land high on your usual list of culprits responsible for making your house hot, but they do play a vital role in regulating the temperature of your house. Windows are responsible for losing nearly 30% of all the heat generated inside the house. For that reason, a suitable window covering goes a long way in reducing your energy bills by reflecting and blocking sun rays.
In the throes of winter, when the temperature falls way below the freezing point, your heater works round the clock to keep your house warm. If you want to give the heater some relief, select a window covering that would keep the heat inside your home. Both the design and materials work together to insulate your homes.
Do Blinds Help?
With blinds, you get the benefit of flexibility. In the winter, blinds keep the room warm, while in the summer, the blinds can be adjusted to let in plenty of natural light and air. Sometimes, when blinds are fitted with a reflective layer, they can reflect the heat back to the source. So, if the reflective layer faces the room, it will reflect the heat back into the room and keep it comfortable, even in freezing conditions. Also, blinds add a neat and tidy finish to your room. If you don’t want to overwhelm your smart and sleek décor with cumbersome draperies and curtains, blinds are the next best option.
Best Blinds for Trapping Heat
If installed correctly, blinds can act as a great insulating layer. Let’s look at some of the blinds that are best suited for this job.
Honeycomb Cellular Shades
Honeycomb cellular shades are the most suitable blind in this respect. In honeycomb cellular shades, two layers of fabric are separated by honeycomb-like air-pockets which form a formidable insulating layer. For enhanced action, go for double-layered honeycomb shades instead of a single layer. These shades are your one-stop solution for insulating your windows. Along with trapping heat, they also protect the interiors from harmful Ultra-Violet rays.
The only drawback of these shades is that they tend to collect moisture. So, if your room generates lots of moisture, like in the kitchen or bathroom, these blinds are not the best choice. Also, regular cleaning is necessary to ensure dust does not accumulate in the air pockets.
Blackout blinds provide multi-faceted protection. The primary function of blackout blinds is to cut off the light, but the thick fabric also serves other purposes. The thickly woven fabric forms a thick insulating layer that prevents the chill from getting in the house and the heat from escaping through the windows.
Depending on the thickness, blackout blinds can also provide protection against harmful UV rays. The thick fabric also reduces sound and view from the outside. A perfect solution for those long winter nights when you spend most of your time indoors.
If you are looking for a versatile option, go for roman blinds. Roman blinds can be fashioned out of a wide range of fabrics to suit your requirements. You can also find a design of your choice; in a price you are willing to pay.
Roman blinds provide a lot of coverage, making them a suitable alternative for blackout blinds and cellular shades. With roman blinds, you can have greater control over how much light you wish to let in the house. After all, on those short winter days, you would wish to make most of the sun.
If you are aiming for some flexibility along with insulation properties, go for vertical blinds. Vertical blinds usually come with bigger slats that lie on top of one another to provide greater insulation than horizontal blinds. During the day, you can open the slats to adjust the flow of light and heat into the room. This feature is very useful during the rare sunny days when you want to use sunlight to heat up the interiors. If you select thermal blind material, that reflects back the heat toward the sources, then vertical blinds can be the blind you are looking for.
Selecting the right insulating blind is the first step, but how well you use them will determine how efficient they are in keeping the heat in.
Often blinds leave a lot of space between the window and the fabric. In such cases, most of the heat-loss happens through these gaps. During installation, make sure that the blind sits as close as possible to the window. A snug fit will seal off the window, providing enhanced protection against not only heat-loss but also stop the chill from outside seeping into the room. For further insulation, pair your blinds with draperies or curtains, to cover the gap.
Set a Schedule
Make your windows work for you. According to a study, 75% of all residential windows remain static, in the same position, round the clock. To keep the room warm and save energy, try and make most of the heat generated by the sun. When the sun shines, remove the window covers to let in as much warmth as possible. This warmth will heat up the interiors naturally and keep the energy costs down. Sunlight will also lift the general mood of the room. As soon as the sun goes down, close the blinds to trap this natural heat in, and with the help of your heater, make your living space cozy and comfortable. If you have automated blinds, the task becomes easier. You can schedule the blinds to open and close at pre-designated times.
Although the color of blinds is not something we associate with insulation, but darker colors tend to absorb heat and light to keep the enclosed area warm. So, if you select dark-colored blinds, the fabric will retain some of the heat within it.
Don’t let the chill dampen your spirit. Prepare your home to combat the long wintry spells with blinds and create a cosy, warm haven for yourself and your loved ones.