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Because of the numerous openings between the slats of blinds, it's difficult to control heat loss through interior window blinds, but the slats offer flexibility in the summer. Unlike shades, you can adjust the slats to control glare, light, and solar heat gain.
Dark shutters will show dust immediately. Go for white.
Drapes and Curtains vs blinds:
Studies show that medium-colored draperies with white plastic backings can reduce heat gain by 33 percent, according to the DOE.
Blinds have the advantage in
Insulated cellular shades are typically considered to have the highest R-values of all window coverings. The air pockets in the honeycomb cross-sections act as insulators, increasing the R-value and reducing the conduction of heat through the window.
In heating seasons, tightly installed cellular shades can reduce heat loss through windows by 40% or more, which equates to about 20% heating energy savings. In cooling seasons, cellular shades can reduce unwanted solar heat through windows by up to 80%, reducing the total solar gain to 15% or less when installed with a tight fit.
Window Quilts: Window quilts have a sheet of quilted material that can be opened by rolling and closed by unrolling.
Because of their snug fit, window quilts offer R-value increases similar to cellular shades, and they typically cost less
Reflective films. Window films are best for homes in regions with long cooling seasons. Silver, mirror-like films typically are more effective than colored
Solar Shades - Sun Screens for Windows from Select Blinds
Energy Efficient Window Attachments | Department of Energy
Shades, Blinds, and Curtains to Beat the Heat - Consumer Reports
How Solar Screen Shades Work | insolroll.com How to Choose the Right Window Blinds Color | FactoryDirectBlinds
Window Treatments - Ideas for Curtains, Blinds, Valances | HGTV
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