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Do Blinds Block Heat From Windows?

 In Energy Efficiency, Window Treatment Tips

As the summer temperatures begin to climb, keeping your home cool and comfortable becomes a top priority. While cranking up the air conditioner might be tempting, it can result in high energy bills. Fortunately, there’s a smart and stylish solution to help keep your home cool during the summer: black out, heat blocking window treatments! At Accent Verticals, we have a wide range of window coverings that will not only keep you cool but also enhance the beauty of your home.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades, also referred to as honeycomb shades, are an excellent choice for those looking for affordable window coverings that will also keep out the heat. Their unique design features honeycomb shaped pockets of air that create a vacuum effect which traps heat and makes them extremely energy efficient. Cellular shades offer affordability without compromising style, making them a perfect choice for those looking to enhance their home on a budget.


Drapery, or thermal curtains are a popular option used in addition to other window treatments or by themselves. They offer a stylish addition to your windows and can range from sheer drapes to blackout curtains. Drapes come in almost any texture, fabric, color or style. Adding drapery to your windows will not only help keep your home cool and energy efficient but also add a touch of style and class to any room.

Woven Wood Shades

Woven wood shades are extremely versatile and come in a large variety of colors and opacity to fit any home. They can be tightly woven to let no light into your home, increasing their energy efficiency to lightly woven that will allow filtered sunlight into your home. Woven wood shades can be used in any window from your kitchen window to your patio slider, making them a great choice for a cohesive look in your home.

Roller Shades

Roller shades with sunscreen fabric are specifically designed to stop the sun’s heat from entering your home. These shades come in a wide range of colors and textures. They also are made in various thicknesses from light filtering to black out, completely stopping any light from entering your home. Although these blinds do offer some thermal protection, they are less energy efficient than other window treatment options.

Roman Shades

If you are looking for luxurious blinds to elevate the style of your home, Roman shades are the perfect choice. They come in multiple styles and dozens of patterns and colors, fitting any home aesthetic. Roman shades are made from high quality fabrics with high performance solar screens that stop solar heat from entering your home, keeping your home both comfortable and beautiful.

Do Window Treatments Keep My Home Cool?

Thermometer showing temperature lowering from blackout curtains

Window treatments play a crucial role in maintaining a cool and comfortable home environment, especially during hot summer months. Approximately 76% of the sunlight that hits your home’s windows will be converted to heat. By choosing the right window treatments, you can effectively block out the heat from the sun and reduce the amount of heat entering your living spaces, keeping your electric bills lower. 

Using blackout curtains or window treatments is the best way to keep your home comfortable in the summer. As you can see from the picture, blackout curtains lowered the interior temperature by 27 degrees!

Accent Verticals- Portland’s Window Treatment Experts

If you’re ready to elevate the windows of your home while also keeping your electricity bills down, look no further than the experienced professionals at Accent Verticals. With over 36 years of experience creating and installing window coverings in the greater Portland, OR area, you can rest assured you are receiving the highest quality window treatments available. To get started on your new energy efficient window treatments, contact the experts at Accent Verticals today!

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