Cast your mind back a couple of decades ago and two words were running off the tongue of most governmental authorities and home improvement experts; double glazing. This was the big concept back then and while it had been around a number of years, it’s only fairly recently that there was a big push to get it installed in most homes around the country.
The reasons are simple; double glazing shreds your energy bills. It offers significant thermal savings and in an age where our energy charges are always on the rise, this is of upmost importance. The science was fairly straightforward to follow as well which obviously helped its caused, with the extra layer unsurprisingly providing a further barrier against the elements.
However, we’re now reaching an era where further improvements are being suggested. As you may have gathered from the title, window blinds fall into this category and are arguably the 2015 equivalent to what double glazing was “back in the day”. More and more people are suggesting them and if we start to scrutinize the energy savings, it’s no surprise why.
A lot of the fuss relates to products that have specifically been released to target those homes that are looking to shave their bills. Forget roller and roman blinds, we’re now talking about insulated shades. They have a honeycomb-like design, meaning that heat can be trapped and be ultimately prevented from escaping a room. Additionally, any cold air can stop entering the property, which just multiplies the benefits.
While a piece of material (or several, depending on just how thick you want to buy your insulated shades in) might not seem like a big barrier to the cold, statistics suggest that it most certainly is. In fact, one study showed that some houses will save $500 a year after installing these products, so the savings can be marvelous.
Funnily enough, they can also work in very hot climates. They just function in the reverse way that we’ve been talking about; they stop the warm air from penetrating the glass and prevent your room from turning into a greenhouse.
However, if you do happen to reside in a warm environment, it will be the thermal shade that probably benefits you more. This has been designed to stop UV rays flooding into your home, whilst still allowing natural light into the property. In other words, you won’t look like a recluse with your window blinds shut all day, while your home won’t reach boiling point due to the heat filtering in.
Of course, we don’t seriously believe that window blinds are going to gather the euphoria that double glazing had several years ago. The point we are trying to make is that the savings from these window treatments can be significant and in some ways, these can be likened to the double glazing benefits.
Therefore, if you are on a crusade to lower your energy spend, your windows could again be somewhere that reaps the best rewards from this form of investment.