Insulating Blinds That Keep Your Home Warm

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Insulating Blinds That Keep Your Home Warm

When it comes to insulation, your windows and doors are typically your weakest link. Glass doesn’t do very much to inhibit the transfer of heat or cold. Modern windows are insulated with a heavy gas that sits between two panes. However, they’re still not as effective as a sturdy wall. Therefore, they can use all the help they can get to keep your home warm. The easiest way to help your window insulation is by getting some nice, insulating blinds. Here are Domir’s best insulating blinds options to keep your home warm this winter.

Honeycomb Blinds

Honeycomb blinds are a simple, classic blinds style. But, they come with a hidden talent: they’re good insulation. Because honeycomb blinds are made up of two solid layers of fabric, they prevent temperature from passing easily through. Plus, the way the layers create cells – pockets of air – between them, they do an exceptional job of insulating.

These insulating blinds don’t just keep your home warm, they also look warm. Fabric blinds come with the lovely benefit of a cozy appearance. Instead of the sharp, aluminum slats of standard blinds, they’re soft and inviting. So, if you want your home to feel warm on all fronts, these are a great choice.

Shades with Side Channels

If you’re more interested in practicality than cozy appearances, shades with side channels might be the perfect solution for you. Roller shades are made up of laminated layers, forming one solid piece that rolls up at the top of the window when opened. These are most frequently seen in high school and college classrooms, as well as high rise offices. They’re a practical choice, for more than one reason.

Roller shades are great at insulating due to their thickness. However, they come with an additional super power: they can be paired with side channels. Side channels are attached to the inside of the window frame. The lowered portion of roller shade is slotted between the two channels. This keeps the shade from swinging back and forth, but it also blocks the gaps between the shade and window frame. Blocking these gaps ensures there’s no place for a cold draft to slip through.

Sheer Vertical Blinds

If you’re looking for something more on the elegant side, sheer vertical blinds may be right for you. These blinds are more like curtains than blinds. However, they’re more than just a hung piece of fabric.

Sheer vertical blinds are made up of two layers. The first layer is sheer, allowing you to see out while no one else can see in. This sheer layer screens UV rays and allows in sunlight while maintaining privacy. The second layer is a blackout layer. When both layers are closed, your entire room will be engulfed in darkness.

Sheer vertical blinds are a great choice for those who want to see outside and get sunlight exposure while still having a layer of insulation between the room and the window.

Save Money by Investing in Blinds

Investing in insulating blinds can save you money in the long run. A lot of money is spent on electricity each winter, keeping your home warm. If your home is losing heat through the windows, that’s money slipping out through the glass. Order today at Domir and keep your home’s temperature steadier this winter.

Save Money on Winter Heating by Upgrading Your Blinds

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Save Money on Winter Heating by Upgrading Your Blinds

Did you know the quality of your blinds can have a profound effect on how much money you spend each month? Heating and cooling for your home can cost a fortune, especially if your home is poorly insulated. Your windows are the weakest point in your home’s insulation. What you use to cover them and, therefore, insulate them, determines how much heat you lose or gain from the outside weather. Here’s how you can save money on winter heating by upgrading your blinds.

Buy Blinds with Layers

To start, let’s talk about how insulation works, in simple terms. Insulation is an addition of layers used to prevent heat transference. The more layers there are, the harder time heat has traveling through them. Think of how you would try to muffle a sound. If you scream into the open air, it’s going to be loud. If you scream into a pillow, it’s going to be muffled. That’s because the sound waves struggle to travel through all of the fabric and filling in your pillow. They come out the other side a lot weaker and, therefore, quieter. It’s the same with temperature.

The more layers your blinds have, the better they will be at insulating your window. Blinds with layers of fabric work a lot better than traditional, slatted blinds at insulating.

Some blinds you might want to consider are:

  • Honeycomb Blinds
    Honeycomb blinds are the kind of fabric blinds that are kind of puffy when closed. When you open them, the layers of fabric collapse against each other as they pull up. 
  • The Ninet
    Ninet blinds are similar in design to honeycomb blinds. However, instead of having just fabric, they’re designed with slatted blinds between the layers of fabric. This allows for lighting control even when the blinds are closed.
  • Sheer Vertical Blinds
    Sheer vertical blinds are a beautiful cross between the lighting control of blinds and the elegance of curtains. These blinds are made of two layers of draping fabric designed to block out unwanted light and cold.
  • Roller Shades
    Roller shades are solid pieces of material that roll up to open. These are the type of blinds you see used in classrooms a lot. They work just as well at home. The thickness of the material is more effective at insulating than the thin layers from honeycomb blinds, so a single layer is perfectly adequate.

Ensure Full Coverage

Did you know the entire surface of your window will transfer heat? The temperature inside your house really wants to equalize with the temperature outside your house. Because your windows are thin, they’re the weakest point of insulation in the structure of your house. In the winter, that means the heat you’re running will leak out through your windows – even if they’re sealed perfectly.

To ensure windows are insulated, you need to completely cover the window with your choice of blinds. The bigger the gap between the blinds and the window frame, the more heat can reach the window and leak out. Therefore, using roller shades with side channels is a great way to completely close off the window. For blinds that don’t use side channels, ensuring they’re cut to fit as nicely as possible is important for successful insulation.

Which Is Better: Blinds or Curtains?

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Which Is Better: Blinds or Curtains?

When shopping for window coverings for your home, there comes an age-old question: blinds or curtains? For many of us, a preference for one or the other will make the actual benefits of each irrelevant. For others, functionality and purpose are a bit more important. So, let’s dive into what makes each of them unique.

Elegance

When it comes to appearance, you might think curtains are, hands down, the most elegant. However, we can’t pit curtains against the cheap standard of aluminum-slatted blinds. When compared with something fabric, like honeycomb blinds or the Ninet, elegance becomes completely subjective.

There’s the controlled, refined elegance of fabric blinds. They’re always in the expected shape, like coloring inside the lines. Then there’s the flowing, carefree fabric of curtains. They take any form they want. You can position them in loops over a curtain rod or let them hang free. You can even layer different colors and fabric types for a unique and artistic appearance. Which type of elegance suits you depends largely on your interior design.

Insulation

Insulation is a frequently ignored element of choosing window coverings. However, if you prefer to keep a tight hold on your finances, maximum window insulation is a game changer. Keep your AC or heater from running unnecessarily by insulating your windows year round.

Layered blinds, like honeycomb and the Ninet are great for insulation. They fill the entire window frame when closed, blocking incoming or outgoing heat from infiltrating or escaping through the window. Curtains, when closed can provide an equal amount of insulation. The downside to both options is that keeping the window coverings closed is required for insulation. Would you rather have blinds that are closed or curtains that are closed? This is where combinations can often be the best solution.

Light Control

When it comes to light control, blinds are typically the winner. After all, curtains typically offer very little control over sunlight. With good curtains, you can go from exposed to blackout. However, with blinds like the Ninet, you can go from complete exposure to blackout, and anything in between, with the help of the built-in slats, nestled between the layers of fabric.

Solutions

So, the question is, which one is better? While style and preference play into it, we think these are the best solutions:

Combinations

First, consider a combination of blinds and curtains. With blinds that offer sun screening when closed, you can leave them closed while framing the window with beautiful curtains. However, if you decide you want complete exposure, you can open both. Or, if you need total darkness, closing both will offer a complete blackout in most cases.

Sheer Vertical Blinds

On the other hand, we can’t forget sheer vertical blinds – the best of both worlds. Sheer vertical blinds look, visually, like curtains. However, the dual-layer design offers multiple levels of exposure. Completely opened means full exposure while closing the first, sheer layer means sun screening and privacy. Finally, the last layer gives you total blackout. This level of layered light control comes with the beauty and elegance most people use standard curtains for. 

How to Match Your Blinds to Your Interior Design

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How to Match Your Blinds to Your Interior Design

All of Domir’s blinds come with unique features for optimal functionality. They can be mixed and matched to create a very efficient house. However, for many, aesthetics are more important than function. If you’re happy with basic functionality, all you need to know when shopping for new blinds is how to match your blinds to your interior design.

Magic Lite Blinds

Magic Lite blinds are a take on the traditional, vaned blinds that most homes have. However, with higher quality and functionality, they offer extremely flexible light control. You can take a room from full sunlight exposure to complete blackout with a pull of the cord.

These blinds are white and squared, offering an appearance that fits best with a cool-toned aesthetic. These blinds would fit in well with a sleek, modern interior, providing a fantastic backdrop for bright decor. Thus, a vase of bright flowers or a couch with colored pillows would look great in front of a window covered in Magic Lite.

Blackout Shades

Blackout shades are not the prettiest blinds we have to offer. They’re made to be functional, primarily. Offices where functionality is key would benefit from them greatly. On the other hand, you can use the blank, white, inside surface of these shades to your advantage. If you want the blackout abilities of these shades but aren’t satisfied with their appearance, use the white space as a canvas for your creative side. Put decals on its surface or, at the risk of voiding the warranty, put your painting skills to use. Use your creativity to match your blinds to your decor by force.

Ninet

The Ninet blinds we offer are a combination of regular, vane blinds and roller screens. They offer lighting control and privacy all at the same time. These blinds, with their soft and warm appearance, would go well with a cozy interior. If you decorate with warm colors and have a welcoming aesthetic, these blinds would fit right in with your interior. Not only that, they’re one of our best designs and offer great functionality!

Roller Screens

Roller screens are made to let in all of the natural sunlight you want while still blocking out UV, heat, and prying eyes. These screens aren’t pure white. They offer a warm tone to the windows and would fit well with a warm interior design. These screens would be well suited to a home with lots of big windows. We recommend pairing them with side channels. Side channels are attached to the walls framing your window and hold shades in place. They also keep errant rays of sunlight from slipping in at the sides of your shades or screens.

These screens can be left down at all times, since they let in all the light you need. Because of that, they’re great for homes with a lot of decor. Cover your window sill with as many bouquets, books, and statuettes as you want. You won’t have to worry about knocking them off when adjusting the blinds.

If you have questions about our products or how to order them, just drop us a line. We look forward to helping you choose your new favorite blinds.

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