Shoppers in the market for discount blinds are typically looking for products that offer maximum value for money, extending beyond decorative benefits to offer enhanced functionality, particularly in terms of saving energy through light and heat control. In fact, with energy bills rising and consumers increasingly aware of their environmental impact, there’s never been a better time to consider how your discount blinds can save energy.
Some specialised window coverings offer specific benefits designed to insulate your home; however when it comes to energy savings, any blind is better than none. Roman blinds, roller blinds or panel blinds will allow the homeowner to control the amount of light entering the home, helping reduce the need for air conditioning in summer. On the other hand, such products will have little effect in mitigating heat loss during winter, and therefore won’t have much impact on heating bills unless they are made from high grade blockout fabric. Vertical blinds and venetian blinds do allow for maximum light control and are therefore a worthwhile investment, but again, may not be so effective in controlling heat loss.
When purchasing discount blinds it’s worth remembering that some blinds will be more effective in terms of energy savings than others. As mentioned in our previous post, honeycell blinds, also known as cellular blinds, are designed with air pockets to control heat and optimise insulation. Meanwhile dual roller blinds have a highly effective blockout function.
The window coverings industry is currently working on an energy rating system to guide consumers looking for energy saving blinds. In the meantime, shoppers for discount blinds will need to be aware of the issues and rely on trustworthy retailers for the right advice. Any reputable retailer in this space will have staff on hand with many years of industry experience and the expertise to provide solid advice about energy savings.
For consumers with a more technical turn of mind, a measure such as R-value, a standard gauge in the building and construction sector that’s also widely used in the window furnishings industry, may be useful in assessing the energy saving profile of certain types of discount blinds. R-value measures thermal resistance and relates to how much a material inhibits temperature transfer for the benefit of insulation. The higher the R-value, the more effective the insulation. Some discount blinds that claim to be energy efficient will have been tested for their R-value, so it may be worth enquiring about this before making your purchase.
For many discount blind customers, while energy savings are of high importance, aesthetics still remain at the forefront of their minds. The good news is that products such as honeycell blinds and dual roller blinds are available in an impressive range of colours and textures that will suit most décor styles. Another solution to the energy saving challenge is to combine your blinds with good old fashioned heavy drapes and pelmets. As well as providing visual warmth to a room, these classic window treatments certainly stand the test of time in terms of keeping your home insulated.