Keeping the Bad Weather Outside
Insulating your home with vertical blinds is one of many things you can do to keep yourself and your family warm and protected during those cold, windy winter nights. Vertical blinds will also allow you to enjoy a beautiful summer day without sweating and exposing yourself to extensive use and some harmful effects of cooling devices. To top it all insulating with vertical blinds will not only make your home residence more enjoyable but also contribute to your budget since the warmer (or cooler) your home is, the less money you will have to spend on your utility bills. If you are still indecisive about which window treatment to get, energy efficient performance may qualify you that these are just what you and your home need.
Vertical blinds consist of vertical slats attached to a top head rail and operated by a chain or a pull cord which can be turned both ways making the slats open and close, so allowing you to control the amount of light within the room. Although most common are fabric vertical blinds, they can also be made from other materials like PVC, wood fibers, even leather or paper, available in different material densities and transparency, with patterns or single and multi-colored. They usually come as wired blinds or free hanging blinds. While wired blinds have weights attached to the bottom of the slats, limiting the movement of the slats, free hanging blinds have no accessories and can freely sway both ways.
It may sound strange at first that vertical blinds can lower your energy bill, but when you take into account all the properties and various options in vertical blinds, the idea starts to make sense. Firstly, know that a tremendous amount of heat is lost through poorly insulated windows, especially in older homes. Dysfunctional and draughty windows not only let the cold air in but also allow the hot air to get out, so you are losing heat on both levels, which can drastically affect your home thermal performance and nullify the effect of your heating devices. And the other way around- when it is too hot outside, draughty windows will allow the hot air to penetrate in and additionally warm up your home.
Your blinds will present a barrier for cold and hot air getting in or out. Fabric blinds can do this somewhat more effectively than smooth surfaces blind and additionally, since not attached directly to the window, the space between the glass and the blind will trap the cold (or hot) air and keep it there. However, another important thing is the fact that sometimes, especially during transitional times of year when moderate outside temperatures can do your home much good, it is not the best option to completely prevent the natural sunlight from entering your home. This is where your vertical blinds offer a solution. Their operational vertical slats will allow you to turn them in both directions and more or less expose the window so allowing some natural heat to get in. This also goes for controlling the light, since no one wants to live in dark places which can affect not only our vision but also our mood.
Another important thing is their size. If you want ultimate protection, make sure to purchase vertical blinds that correspond to the size of your windows, since if blinds are too short they will leave bear window and diminish their insulating capacity. Your vertical blinds color is another thing to consider. Bear in mind that darker colors tend to attract and absorb more heat than lighter colored ones which will on the other hand emit more light off their surface.
There is another aspect of insulating with vertical blinds. Namely, thermal insulation is not the only thing you want to increase. There is always noise reduction to think of. Vertical blinds will again work as proper barrier and slow or stop the travel of sound thus reducing the noise impact. This way you will be able to enjoy the quiet, relaxing time you want to spend in the ignorance of your home. Finally, know that additional layers can also affect optimal thermal and sound regulation, so it might be a good idea to combine your vertical blinds with drapes and curtains, which can be done in a few easy steps.