If you want the rooms in your home to be stylish and energy efficient, you should consider vertical blinds as your window covering. Vertical window blinds are attractive and durable as well. When choosing your next window blinds, consider some of these facts about vertical shades for your windows.
Vertical windows blinds consist of an overhead track that holds individual slats. These slats or blades are operated by a pull cord to open and close the entire blind, or by a twist rod to rotate the blades. Rotating the slats allows you to control the amount of sunlight that enters the room. Blades that are fully opened let in almost as much light as a fully opened vertical window blind.
Vertical window blinds not only allow for the control of sunlight in the room, they also help to control the temperature of your home. If your home has a large window opening, the summer heat can cause a high cost for cooling the interior air. In the winter season, cold air from the outdoors affects the amount of energy that you need to keep the indoor air warm. Windows are appealing to the eyes, but may be painful to the pocketbook unless you install good blinds.
If you add blinds to your windows, it provides an extra barrier against temperature variations between inside and outside thermometer readings. In the winter, you can adjust window blinds to let in a little more sunshine. You will be surprised at how fast the sun’s rays can warm an interior air space. Because the individual slats are so adjustable, you can get the sun’s rays without the problem of fading of your carpets and furniture.
In the summer, you don’t want the sunshine in your rooms. You can adjust the slats to prevent direct sunshine while still allowing for natural light in the room. When you have windows that open, you will enjoy cooling breezes without putting up with direct sun’s rays. You will be able to enjoy the outdoors without worrying about the necessity of replacing or recovering your furniture.
The individual slats of vertical window blinds are easy to replace. If the bottom edge gets worn or discolored you can remove one or more slats and easily pop in a new blade. This is great for a broken, bent or weathered blade as well.
When you are choosing vertical window blinds, you must be aware of the relative durability of the various materials from which they are constructed. Aluminum blinds are light weight and come in many attractive colors and widths, but they tend to bend more easily and are difficult or impossible to straighten completely once bent. Wooden blinds are warm and rich in appearance but weigh more. The finish on wood may need more care than on some of the other construction materials. If you choose plastic or PVC, the slats wipe clean and the color is all the way through the slat, but some people dislike the possible health issues of PVC. Plastic is more likely to discolor and become brittle when exposed to the sun’s rays for a long period of time.
Regardless of the materials that you choose for your vertical blinds, you can expect the benefits of eye appeal and durability. You will save on energy costs to heat or cool your home. Protect against the costs of furniture and carpet replacement with vertical window blinds in your rooms.