Top 3 blinds, shutters and awnings to reduce summer heat
If you're anything like me, you’ll despise summer in Australia and the scorching hot days that come with it. Sure, the beach is great and all, but who actually likes to sweat profusely for three months straight (sometimes longer)?! Not me, that's for sure. Of course, air conditioning can get pretty expensive if you're using it all day, every day, which is why I've put together this handy guide to reducing the heat with window blinds and awnings.
Close your blinds
When it comes to reducing the temperature in your home, one of the simplest things you can do is close your blinds. No matter what style of blinds you have, it’s been noted that up to 30% of unwanted heat comes from your windows. So, by making the most out of your window treatments you can effectively lower indoor temperatures. To put it simply, closing the blinds or curtains essentially prevents your home from turning into a mini greenhouse!
Even though all window treatments can be effective at reducing heat in the home, there are certain styles that are more energy efficient blinds than others. Here are my top three picks.
One of the best ways to keep sun out (and as a result, keep heat out) of Australian homes is to put some type of covering on the outside of your home, like online auto awnings. Designed to be heat reflective, auto awnings are fixed to the external face of your window to provide maximum protection from the sun. These energy efficient awnings are available in high-quality acrylic canvas, blockout or sunscreen fabric and are incredibly easy to install.
DIY Shutters are another great way to reduce summer heat. Once installed, shutters create a physical barrier on your windows that works to reflect the sun and slow the transference of heat through the glass into your home. Aluminium is a particularly effective heat-resistant material, allowing you to save on cooling bills in summer and heating bills in winter. To get the best results from your online shutters, choose a lighter colour like cream, white or soft grey rather than darker shades. Light colours reflect the sun, whereas dark colours absorb more heat.
Double Roller Blinds
As the name suggests, this version of a DIY roller blind combines two different types of roller fabric in one seamless and stylish system. The fabric layer closest to the window is often a sheer or sunscreen fabric, which allows light into your home while ensuring passers-by cannot see inside during the day. While the second layer consists of blockout blinds, to block out light and offer complete privacy, day or night. It’s this unique pairing of two fabrics in the one system that can reduce heat in your home.
For optimal results, pair a sheer sunscreen blind on one layer and a complete blockout fabric on the other. During cooler days, you can enjoy the sunshine softly filtering through the sunscreen blind with the blockout layer rolled up. Then, on warmer days, you can reduce the heat by keeping both layers rolled down throughout the day.
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