Wood Blinds: One of Many Ways to Save on Energy Costs
Windows are defined as openings in the wall that transmit light and air as well as allow people to see in or out – or not – from the interiors and exteriors of the structure. But windows are not just openings because these can also be used to reduce energy costs – and wood blinds are among the best methods for doing so.
Block Out and Let In the Sun
Wooden blinds including mini blinds serve two functions depending on whether these are rolled down or rolled up. Your common sense should be your guide in whether rolling up or rolling down the blinds will serve your purpose.
When rolled up, blinds let in the sunlight into the interiors. Letting sunlight in during the winter season has its benefits including warming up the interiors, an effective method of lessening energy costs, as well as in providing natural light. Many people who suffer from season-related mood disorders will appreciate the natural sunlight lighting up the interiors.
When rolled down, blinds block out the sunlight albeit in varying degrees depending on the angle. Blocking out the sun from entering indoors during the summer is a must as it can quickly become too hot inside. Roll down the blinds but open them at a 45-angle angle, which will block out most of the sun but still allow for peeking outdoors.
Tip: Place many windows on the northern side of the structure. Windows placed here are more likely to catch the breeze for better cross-ventilation aside from better control over the amount of light streaming indoors.
While any window blind can provide for all of the energy-saving benefits mentioned above, homeowners will understandably have specific needs and wants for their own blinds. Keep these factors in mind when choosing from the wide range of choices available:
· Width of the slats
Blinds come in three standard sizes – ½-inch, 1 inch, and 2 inches. The 1/2-inch slats are more popular in homes because of their contemporary look but the 2-inch blinds can also work in home settings.
Blinds can be arranged in either the horizontal or vertical manner. Vertical blinds are usually suitable for wide windows since the slats stack off to the side instead of at the top, as is the case for horizontal blinds.
Blinds can come in neutral shades, such as beige and cream, as well as in vibrant colors like blue and red. The choice in color will largely depend on the answer to the question, “Are you planning to change the room’s color scheme?” If you answered in the affirmative, then stick to the neutral shades.
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