At the peak of summer, it’s easy to think that an air conditioner is the only way to beat the heat.
Preventing the heat from entering your home in the first place, however, is far more economical. Gillian Crosby, Company Director at Blinds Online offers these tips to help you keep cool this summer:
Stop – The first and best line of defence against heat in the home is to stop the sun from hitting your windows. A mesh or canvas outside awning or a big shady tree planted nearby will help reduce the UV rays that enter your rooms. Also try not to have concrete paths too close to the windows, as this can cause the heat to reflect back to the glass and creates glare.
Reflect – Blinds and curtains are all effective in blocking the sun, but to cut the rays further, make sure your window dressings have a white backing. This will reflect the sunlight back off the window and minimise the heat entering your home.
Trap – Once the heat is through the glass, you need to be able to trap the body of air between the glass and the blind to prevent the heat entering the room. One of the best styles of blinds for this is the Honeycomb Blind, which has a unique cell structure that creates a buffer zone with an additional layer of protection – i.e. a second layer of air is held inside the honeycomb cells.
Insulate – Blockout-lined curtains with a pelmet provide the highest level of insulation available from a window furnishing. The overlap in the centre of the curtains and the fold back to the walls means they can trap more heat than blinds and with a three pass block out lining light is blocked out and unable to enter the room. Adding a pelmet at the top of the curtains prevents heat escaping from the top of the window, maximising insulation. A honeycomb blind is the next best alternative for high-energy savings.
For more information, or to find the right blinds for you, visit www.blindsonline.com.au