As another winter looms ahead and fall creeps in, so does the cold. You’ve turned off the A/C and now you’re starting to think about keeping your home warm, without turning on the thermostat. It’s a battle against the thermometer as the mercury dips and you look for ways to keep the heat in and the cold out, without breaking the bank on your heating bill.
One of the ways you can conserve energy is by making smart choices with your blinds. What they are made of and how you use them can make a significant impact on the amount of heat that is lost through your windows, as about 30% of your home’s heating energy flies out the windows.
Do Blinds Keep Heat in?
We are often asked if blinds can *really* keep in. The fact is that they can. How much heat is largely dependent on several factors, like the material of the blinds, their colour, and style. It is also helpful to open them when the sun is shining and close them when it is not.
What are the Best Blinds to Keep Heat in?
You have an endless amount of selection and design choices when selecting blinds that will help keep the heat in your home this winter. The best choices will be blinds that are not slatted as they will be much more effective at trapping air inside your home.
Cellular shades are the ideal choice when it comes to keeping heat in your home where it belongs. When the temperature outside drops, cellular shades provide optimum insulation as they prevent temperature exchange from the outdoors to the inside of your home. There is a wide range of fabrics and colours to choose from with cellular shades, so you can feel confident that your interior design won’t be affected.
Select the Right Fabric
While fabric won’t completely eliminate heat loss through your windows, some fabrics are superior to others in this regard.
Some things to keep in mind when selecting the fabric for your blinds:
- High-quality thermal fabrics are going to be your best bet to keep heat in
- Blackout blinds tend to be thicker as well and are the next best choice after thermal
- Blinds that are highly reflective on one side (usually white), and heat-absorbing on the other side (dark in colour), can be reversed with the seasons to enhance energy savings.
In order to keep the heat in, the blinds must be the correct size for your window. They should sit as close as possible to the window, and overlap slightly as any gaps will reduce their efficacy by allowing heat to escape.
Interested in keeping the heat in this winter? Contact us for a free quote and design consultation today, or visit our showroom to browse your options in person.