With summer just around the corner, now is the time to prepare for the hot Australian weather. One way to prepare your home for the summer, is to dress your windows with energy efficient window treatments. Certain types of blinds provide better insulation than others. The best type of blind for improved insulation is the Cellular Blind. Insulating cellular blinds offer a more sustainable home by keeping temperatures cooler in summer and warmer in winter, helping you to save on your energy bills and making for a comfortable living environment all year round. Here’s how Cellular Blinds could help to regulate temperatures in your home this summer and some extra tips to help you save a little extra on your energy bill.
Before we talk about how to better insulate your home this summer, let’s start with the issue of heat gain in the home. The main cause of heat gain in summer and heat loss in winter, is glass windows and doors. Most are unaware that uncovered glass windows and doors can allow in up to 87% heat gain. This means that glass in the home essentially acts as large holes that allow heat to transfer in and out. Most homes have large glass windows and doors which is great for an indoor-outdoor lifestyle, however has an impact on how temperatures are controlled in the home. The best way to prevent unwanted heat gain and loss all throughout the year, is to cover glass windows and doors with insulating cellular blinds that protect and make your home more energy efficient.
A super insulating blind, the Cellular Blind, also referred to as the Honeycomb Blind, offers superior insulation properties and is a great way to control temperature comfort levels throughout the year. Cellular Blinds are made with a unique cellular structure that helps to trap air within its cells. This means, that the cells create a barrier between inside and out, making it difficult for air to travel through, helping to regulate temperatures in your home. This works not only for summer where you want to keep the cool air in and the warm air outside, but also in winter where you want to retain the heat inside and prevent cold air from entering the home.
The Cellular Blind can help to significantly reduce your reliance on cooling appliances during the warmer months, which will also help you to save up to 34% on your energy bills. Cellular Blinds are the perfect solution for windows and doors in the home, as they are available in a wide range of models to accommodate for a variety of different window and door types. They also come in both single and double cell designs, which simply means either one or two layers of cells. The double cell creates a double barrier, making it harder for air to travel through. For the best insulating blind, choose a double cell Cellular Blind with a blockout fabric. The blockout fabric has a foil lining on the inside of the cell which again creates another layer of protection for your home and helps to completely blockout sunlight.
Cellular Blinds are a great solution for bedrooms and living rooms but can also be used in any room of the home, so long as there is plenty of ventilation in rooms with moisture and humidity such as bathrooms. Not only does the Cellular Blind offer superior insulating benefits, the unique honeycomb design also helps to reduce noise which is great for homes with hard flooring or those who live on busy streets.
Energy Saving Tips
When it comes to the hot summer months in Australia, the less reliance on cooling appliances the better, not only for your hip pocket but also the environment. Here are a few handy tips to help you survive through the hot summer months without receiving a huge electricity bill in your inbox.
- Install insulating blinds such as Cellular Blinds nice a snug in the window. By installing Cellular Blinds on the inside of the window frame, means you can minimise gaps for air to escape.
- Keep insulating blinds or any window treatments closed during the day when the temperatures are at its peak. Once the heat of the day starts to cool down, open your window treatments up to allow the cooler air to flow through your home.
- Shade your windows and doors from the outside to prevent heat from entering through the glass. Plant tall hedges or tall shady trees or install a natural barrier such as bamboo fencing that will help to minimise the amount of sun entering through the glass.
- Avoid using appliance that permeate heat throughout the home. Instead of using the oven or stove, try cooking on the BBQ to keep the heat outdoors. If you do need to use appliances that omit heat such as washing machines and dishwashers, use them during the cooler times of day such as at night or in the early morning.
- If you are using an air conditioner, keep the temperature setting between 24-27 degrees to ensure you can keep your home at a cool temperature. Setting the temperature even one degree higher then usual can help to reduce cooling costs by 10%.
- As air conditioners are the cooling appliance that uses the most energy, try only using the air conditioner for shorter bursts such as, when the room is cool, turn it off and use the ceiling fan to circulate the cool air. Also, only cool rooms that are in use and ensure your air conditioner is the correct size for the size of room you’re trying to cool.
Combine these energy saving tips with your new insulating Cellular Blinds as you will be well on your way to getting prepared for the hot summer months and making strides towards helping to save on your energy bills.