Using energy efficiently is also known as energy efficiency. If we reduce energy use, the energy savings help in reduction of our energy expenditure. One of the most successful ways of energy efficiency is by insulating our home most effectively by using window blinds. Blinds help us keep the room cooler in summer and warm in winter but with less energy. By minimizing energy use, we also conserve our natural resources and contain harmful emissions.
Window blinds production technology has made tremendous advancement in the recent past resulting in easy availability of high quality energy efficient window treatments. More people have become aware of advantages of using energy efficient window treatments and are happy to take advantage of innumerable choices available in window blinds with elegant looks as well energy efficiency option.
Energy efficient blinds and shades retain heat in the winter and cool the home by blocking sunrays during summer. They also block harmful UV rays. They block excess noise and make the room peaceful and quiet. They cover the windows effectively and ensure complete insulation. All this comes along with beauty and elegance – matching your home interiors.
Some popular kinds of blinds are roller blinds, vertical blinds, Venetian blinds, Roman blinds. But you need to choose blinds after considering the window size and its shape. Another important aspect is the nature of the room where the window is located. Style, colour, materials used all are important. Also things like providing privacy, assuring safety for users, serving the purpose – all influence the selection of right blinds for your windows.
Then energy efficiency aspect comes. Most familiar window blinds that enjoy a reputation of being maximum energy efficient are
• Honey-comb cellular shades.
• Shades lined with thick insulating fabric.
• Blinds and shades using natural and organic textiles – no synthetic materials.
• Wooden blinds and shades.
• Other natural fibre products made of bamboo, cane, cork, grasses, paper, and reeds.
• Solar shades.
Some other tips for maximizing the energy efficiency quotient are using external shades to block the sun rays with an awning/retractable overhang or naturally with trees and vine-covered trellis etc. Using light coloured backing to reflect sun’s rays back and with louvered shutters and blinds, tilting the slats for directing the sunrays out are effective strategies.
Getting energy efficient Roman blinds and shades can be the best bet for better indoor comfort, more financial gains and safer and greener environment.