Keeping your house at a pleasant temperature throughout all seasons is vital for staying comfortable. However, achieving a cool living space in summer and a cosy one in winter can be harder than it first appears. What’s more, with different rooms in your home facing different directions, you can easily find that a south facing bedroom stays warm and sunny whereas a north facing living room is always on the cool side.
Windows are a large source of heat gain and loss in the home. However, by choosing the right window coverings, you can greatly improve your control of temperature and even reduce energy costs as a result. Let’s take a look at some of the best options for controlling your temperature with blinds.
Keeping Cool In Summer With Blinds
During summer, and particularly for south facing rooms which get a lot of sun, you can find your home becomes hot and stuffy. Although it may seem at first unintuitive to keep your blinds closed in warm weather, blocking the hot, direct sunlight from entering your rooms can keep them from heating up to uncomfortable levels.
Some of the best blinds for keeping your room cool include:
- Aluminium Venetian blinds>: these allow you to let in light whilst simultaneously blocking hot, direct sunshine by tilting the slats. The slats also mean a cool breeze from an open window can be let in without needing the blinds to be fully opened. The metallic material will help to reflect sun and heat back out of your home.
- Roller or pleated blinds with a solar reflective coating: blinds which are available with a solar reflective coating – a covering specially designed to reflect solar radiation and heat – will notably reduce the amount of heat absorbed into your home.
Keeping Warm In Winter With Blinds
Blinds aren’t only useful for keeping your home cooler, they can also help to keep heat in your home during colder months. Whilst you should keep your blinds open during daylight hours to let in any natural heat from the sun, once the dark evenings start to draw in you should shut your blinds to provide an extra layer of insulation for your windows. Not only will this keep warmth inside your home, it can also prevent cool draughts from finding their way into your home.
Some of the best blinds for keeping your rooms warmer include:
- Roman blinds: Romans tend to be made from thicker fabrics than most other styles of blind, meaning they provide a good insulating layer to your windows.
- Duette (honeycomb pleated) blinds:the honeycomb structure of Duette blinds has been specifically designed to offer insulation and achieve better energy efficiency for your home. The honeycomb structure helps keep heat inside in winter and reduces heat gain in summer.
Leamington Blinds are a leading blinds expert in Leamington Spa and the surrounding areas. With a wonderful selection of attractive and functional blinds, we are bound to have something within our stock to match your interiors and meet your needs. Once you’ve chosen your ideal window covering, we can tailor it to your window space and carry out a professional fitting too. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our knowledgeable team today with any enquiries – we’re always happy to help.