There are many things you can do by yourself to make your home more energy efficient. However, one of the things that you should be particularly focused on are your windows.
Windows can lose more heat per square foot during the winter and then gain more heat in the summer than any other places in the home. By working to create energy efficient windows, you could decrease your energy bills dramatically - by a whopping 25% to be exact, as per the information at blinds-2go.co.uk.
To help combat this problem, several manufacturers designed blinds that increase the insulating value of the windows, without you having to replace the whole window. These blinds have a honeycomb design, they act as insulation by protecting your home from both the cold and heat, and will help you to save electricity.
The secret behind this energy efficiency lies purely in the honeycomb structure. Every single honeycomb in the blind produces an insulating pocket of inert air which is a poor conductor of heat. This pocket will help to reduce the heat flow through a window.
There are a variety of blinds you can buy, but, in general, the more cells there are and the bigger they are, the more energy efficient the shade is. How insulating the shades are will depend also both on the pleat size and the number of cell layers.
Generally, these cellular shades come in three sizes, single cell 25mm, double cell 38mm, and single cell 45mm, and the pleats size will also make a difference to the design style, with small pleats looking better in smaller windows and larger pleats in wider windows.
This is a relatively easy way for you to instantly improve the efficiency of your home, with getting notable results almost instantly. Plus, they have the added benefit of coming in a range of colours and shapes, so you can choose the blind that fits in perfectly with your room.
If you are looking for a more affordable option, then you should look at blinds that just have one layer of honeycomb. However, these tend to work in a more moderate climate, so temperature is not such an issue.
The mid range option is the double cell shade which has an additional layer of the honeycomb fabric. Some climates may call for stronger insulating needs, as these can significantly lower the energy bills and make home more comfortable.
If you are looking for a cost effective way to keep your home cool in the summer and hot in the winter, then honeycomb blinds are definitely something that is worth consideration.