Thereâs no list of bullet points when youâre choosing a window treatment for your home. Deciding on one means considering the conditions of your home, the climate of where you live, and the layout of the rooms youâll be treating. However, several treatments that are frequently mentioned include blinds and shades, so you may be wondering what the benefits of each are and if theyâre suited to your home.
Blinds have many benefits and many people prefer them over other window treatments. They make it very easy to direct and adjust light in a room, depending on how the slats are turned. Because of this, they are ideal for rooms such as bedrooms, where you may not want stark light coming in at all hours of the day. While some window treatments have essentially two âmodesâ â open and shut â blinds allow smaller or larger adjustments that can provide whatever level of lighting you prefer. Additionally, because of their adjustable nature, blinds offer a great amount of privacy and even allow homeowners to have a certain amount of visibility out of a window (and let light come in) while blocking anyone from seeing into the home.
Because blinds can open and close, they help direct air circulation. During summer months, blinds are able to block some sunlight while allowing air to flow through an open window, making them an efficient way to keep a house cool. However, because they are thin and do not seal air around a window, they may not be as effective as insulators during the winter months.
Shutters offer some different opportunities. Installation is a bit more involved and may require a professional who can ensure that the shutters will effectively trap air around the window; however, they are also possible to install yourself. Where blinds allow for air flow, shutters are more about trapping heat around the window, but they do also help deflect sunlight during warm months to allow for some cooling effects. Each treatment offers some advantages and disadvantages with heat transfer and air flow. However, both treatments work well with incremental light adjustment. If well-installed, shutters work very well as insulators, since they block heat transfer both through and around the glass. They are particularly good in cold climates, whereas blinds are often more efficient in warmer ones. It is good to note that shutters are generally considered a very aesthetic addition to a home and may even increase the value of a home.
Additionally, both of these window treatments have the advantage of being interior additions and therefore require very little cleaning or maintenance beyond the occasional dusting.
There are certainly advantages and disadvantages to each method of window treatment. Blinds offer privacy and light control, and may be especially good in warm places where air flow plus sunlight protection are vital; shutters offer similar levels of privacy and light control but might be stronger at keeping heat in a home. These are all things to consider as you approach buying a window treatment.
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