How to Keep a Room Warm With Window Blinds

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Window blinds can be used effectively to warm a room while maintaining privacy from the outside. Choosing the right blinds for the room and opening and closing them at certain times of day will provide insulation benefits while maximizing the sun's warmth. Home improvement centers stock dozens of styles in scores of colors and sizes. Window blinds can also be ordered from online retailers.

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  • Window blinds
  • Buy quality window blinds made of thicker material than the cheap plastic or vinyl blinds. Wooden blinds are available in various thicknesses and widths, as well as different types of wood. Cherry, maple and oak are popular woods for window blinds, as are faux blinds, or imitation wood, which are designed to resemble real wood at a fraction of the cost. Metal blinds also provide greater insulation than vinyl or plastic, but come with a higher price tag. Some blinds are manufactured in layers, with a combination of wooden slats and colored fabric to match home decor. The fabric creates air pockets around the wood, offering even more heat-trapping insulation.

  • Check the insulation quality of different types of blinds by comparing the R-value, which is the insulation level printed on the package. The R-value is a measurement of resistance to heat flow and in window blinds is based on thickness and types of materials used in its construction. Generally, the thicker the material, the better the insulation effect, according to information from the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • Open the blinds fully during the day when the sun is facing the windows. This allows the sun's rays to enter and warm the room, especially the floors.

  • Close the blinds in one room as the earth rotates during the day and the sunlight no longer streams against that side of your house. Open blinds in another room on the opposite side of the house in the afternoon to let in the warmth.

  • Close all blinds and lower to the length of the window at night to keep in heat and provide insulation from the cold outside.

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