Heat is known to travel along the path of least resistance from warmer to cooler places. This is basically the phenomenon working in case of your window blinds too. Now, a material’s resistance to heat flow is called R-Value. It is basically used to determine the thermal resistance of building materials. R-Value guides us to find out the area from where the heat is more likely to escape. As per the University of Alaska Fairbanks, 13.1 is the R-Value of an average exterior wall and 1.16 is the R-Value of an average window.
Now statics states that during winters more heat is lost through the windows per square foot of area whereas in summers it gains more heat than any other surface of the building. This has led to an estimate that windows can be accounted for 25-40% of the total heating and cooling costs incurred annually. Hence, it is apparent that only by effectively reducing the heat loss from windows one can save both energy and money.
It is in this scheme of things that the cellular blinds or the honeycomb blinds are a perfect fit. The popularity of cellular blinds goes beyond their aesthetics and has a lot to do with their functionality. There is science behind why these blinds can reduce the heat loss from the windows offering great insulation. The energy-saving honeycomb design of the cellular blinds can increase the R-Value of a window anywhere between 3.45 and 5.00. The transfer of heat is also slowed down by as much as 55-65%. This can be extremely crucial for the loss of energy and money incurred on heating and cooling systems.
The secret behind the amazing insulation benefits of this particular blind is definitely its design. The honeycomb cells are designed to create pockets of inert air that have an insulating effect. This minimizes the heat flow through the window as inert air is not a good conductor of heat. The trapped layer of air proves a great insulation barrier that helps maintain the temperature inside the room. Hence, the more the number of cells and the bigger their size, the more effective and energy-efficient the blind will be.
As the insulation benefits associated with the cellular blinds make them unique they come with the option to maximize the insulation with multiple cells. They come in variations of single cell, double cell or triple cell. The multiple cells enhance the insulating effect of the blinds. If you are living in a place that has a particularly extreme climate then choose the double or triple cell variety. This small investment will pave the way for you save a lot of money on electricity bills in the long run. Taking the energy efficient path will also have a beneficial effect on the environment.
Honeycomb blinds also come in varying range of opacities which determine the amount of light allowed to be transmitted through the fabric. The fabric options range from sheer and semi-opaque to completely opaque. The different fabric options will let you control the amount of natural light and privacy you want to enjoy. If you want to get the maximum privacy out of your shade then it is best to opt for the room-darkening fabrics.
As energy efficiency is one of their most special features, you can also install blind motors to make the optimal use of cellular blinds. Automated blinds can use sun sensors to react independently to the temperature readings and open or close the blinds as per requirement. Motorization also allows the blinds to be co-ordinated with the heating and cooling systems through smart home integration. This means that without your manual interference motorization will equip the blinds to operate in the most energy-efficient manner regularly.