Winter has well and truly arrived with temperatures cooling down, especially in the evening. It’s that time of year where fires are lit, heaters are turned on and extra blankets are brought out to try and keep ourselves warm. Similar to the summer months, everyone is trying to avoid using electrical appliances and most importantly avoid an enormous electricity bill arriving in your inbox. Many are unaware that glass windows and doors are the main cause of heat transference and when uncovered, can result in the loss of up to 40% of a home’s heating energy. This wasted energy causes our heating appliance to work harder, resulting in not only increased electricity bills but also our carbon footprint. Take a look at the most suitable insulating blinds and curtains and find a solution for your home.
Windows are notorious for loosing precious heating energy and the main issue most Australian’s face, is finding the right type of insulating blinds that not only protect their homes, but also help to save on energy bills.
Whilst most blinds will help to insulate a home, not all blinds have specific insulating properties that are designed to make an impact all year round. All blinds will add an extra layer to your windows, helping to create some form of barrier between inside and out. Finding a superior insulating blind is crucial through, if keeping your home warm in winter without loosing precious heating is important to you. This also applies to summer time, when loosing precious cold air means suffering in the extreme heat.
Let’s talk about Honeycomb Blinds, also known as Cellular Blinds. The insulating blind gets its name from the cellular structure or honeycomb-like cells that can be seen when looking at the blind side-on as shown in the graphic below.
The seamless design is a unique blend of style and function, trapping air within it’s cells, preventing warm are from escaping in winter and cold outside are from entering the room. The Honeycomb Blind has evolved overtime and helped to increase insulation further by creating a double cell option. These two layers creates two barriers, making it harder for air to pass through, resulting in more air pockets and an effective method of regulating temperatures. The graphic below demonstrates how the Honeycomb Blind works all year round and how minimising the loss of heating and cooling energy can help to save up to 34% on energy bills.
For the best insulating blinds, ensure they are a snug fit with minimal gaps around the blind to prevent home’s heating energy from escaping or allowing cool air from outside in. Most importantly, opt for specifically designed insulating blinds such as Honeycomb Blinds with a blockout fabric and double cell, to help improve your home’s heating efficiency.
Many believe that curtains are mostly used for decorative purposes, which may have been the case many years ago. However, now curtains are multi-functional and used to not only complete the look of a room but also increase privacy, block sunlight and most importantly improve insulation.
As hot air rises and cold air falls, it’s no surprise that if installed incorrect, curtains can allow heating energy to escape and cool air from outside in through gaps around the curtain.
To ensure your insulating curtains are effective, order curtains that are wider than the window frame to get maximum coverage. Also consider the height of your curtains. To prevent cold air from entering the room, try ordering curtains that will touch the floor or puddle on the floor. When it comes to selecting your insulating curtain fabric, opt for a blockout fabric with a lining to create maximum insulation and prevent fading if direct sunlight enters through the window.
For the best insulating curtains ensure they are tightly fitted to the wall or window frame (with minimal gaps at the floor), they should be wider than the window frame and installed with a lining (creating two layers of curtains).
Insulating Blinds and Curtain Tips
In winter, ensure insulating blind and curtains are open during the day to warm your home naturally, especially if direct sunlight enters the room. Be sure to close the blinds and curtains before the sun sets and temperatures drop of an evening to trap that warm air.
Ensure insulating blinds and curtains are closed properly to prevent gaps for potential cold air to enter your home.
For best value, choose insulating blinds and curtains that will have the same effect in summer time. Ensure you choose a blockout fabric to prevent direct sunlight from entering the home in summer.
For insulating curtains, where possible, always opt for a lining or have one blockout curtain and one sheer curtain to create extra layers of insulation.