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Planting blinds to increase your energy efficiency

Cooling and heating the entire home can be an expensive task. The energy sector's report, which began in July 2012, shows that although natural gas prices have been declining since 1984 – making utility companies less costly to generate – these savings have not been passed on to consumers. In fact, electricity prices in the United States are rising. These exaggerated prices have led many to seek ways to make their homes more energy efficient.

Windows creates energy leaks

Insulated windows and doors lead to the largest energy waste in the home, significantly increasing heating costs. It is estimated that the energy loss caused by windows alone can account for up to 35% of your heating costs. You can detect the airflow in your home by lifting a flame or thread near the door and window, and track the level of motion to see the maximum escape of energy. Choosing energy efficient window treatment is one way to counteract this expensive energy loss. In this regard, one of the most functional and attractive options on the market is the cultivation of blinds. Once properly installed on the window, they provide an insulated air pocket between the glass and the home interior.

Increase efficiency with higher R values

When selecting energy-saving window processing, the R value becomes an important indicator of energy saving and insulation capability. The R value is a measure of the thermal resistance used in the construction and construction industries. It is a standardized rating system that demonstrates resistance to heat and air conditioning transfer losses. According to the Smart Energy Alliance, the R-value of wood-growing blinds is between 2.77 and 3.17, almost twice the insulation capacity of standard double-glazed windows.

Wood and vinyl plantation shutters are effective insulators. However, wood is slightly better at resisting temperature conductivity. Since the blinds fit the sash, they also limit the amount of heat transferred by air movement or convection. This is the insulating barrier between the outdoor temperature and the internal temperature of the house.

Energy saving and cost effectiveness

Although the installation of the blinds is higher than other window treatments, it will certainly pay off in the form of energy saving for many years. A typical house has 15 windows with these green window treatments, saving an average of $150 a year. In about 15 years, planting blinds has paid a price for energy savings and increased home value. Including reducing energy costs, some curtains are eligible for energy efficiency tax credits. This credit line provides a 30% discount on insurance costs [less installation costs] up to $1,500.

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