Hello Christmas, with your crackling log fires and feel good movies! It’s the perfect time to snuggle up on the couch with the ones you love.
But, there’s no Christmas cheer if it’s chilly in the house. While sealing up leaks around your home and pulling on a jumper helps, you might also want to consider redressing your windows this winter.
Around a third of the heat your house loses goes straight out the window, literally. Besides sealing your window seams, you can insulate your windows, and your home, by redressing them.
Energy and cost savings
Colder months bring a spike in energy usage and, inevitably, a hit to your back pocket, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Blinds and other window treatments can significantly warm a room and cut your energy costs substantially. A house with an average of 15 windows can save an average of €200 in one winter when fitted with energy-efficient window coverings.
While a thick set of drapes may be the obvious option when it comes to winter-proofing your windows, blinds are another fantastic way to keep your home warm in winter and also cool in summer. They offer flexibility in terms of controlling heat, light and privacy.
The right type of blinds can trap a layer of air between the fabric and the glass, helping to seal off your windows. During the day, you should open up your blinds and let the warmth from the sunlight fill the room. By lowering your blinds as soon as dusk falls, you can help to keep this natural heat inside, meaning you use less energy heating up your home at night.
While blinds with slats, such as Venetian blinds, can be great for heat control during summer, in winter they are less effective at preventing heat loss. Instead, look for roller blinds or Roman blinds, which can provide a solid cover over your windows.
Your choice of fabric is also important, as some options are more insulating than others. Thermal fabric can be suitable for particularly chilly months, but they may not prove to be the best choice when the summer comes back around.
An alternative is to consider blackout blinds, which not only help to provide privacy and block out light at night-time, but are also thick enough to create a barrier between the window and your room.
For greater energy efficiency, ask about installing honeycomb blinds in your home – with their long cells running the length of your window, honeycomb blinds are effective at trapping cold air from the window and preventing it from leaking into your home, while also offering good light control.
How professional blind installation can help
Even the most insulating fabric is little use when your blinds aren’t designed to fit your windows properly.
A snug fitting blind will create the necessary seal between your window and the room, meaning that it’s harder for cool air from the window to drop down and escape from the bottom of the blind. In addition, a professionally installed blind will prevent the warm air from your room from being drawn into the gap at the top of your window.
If you’re tired of coming home to a chilly house, or having to crank the heating up every night, it might be time to look into some more energy efficient blinds.
You can check out our range of blinds online, but for more information on what we can do, as well as our custom-made blinds, get in touch with the Direct Blinds team in Little Island.
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Our mission is to provide consumers with quality window coverings. Whatever the style or budget, you can buy with confidence at Direct Blinds. Our business is run by professionals with over 50 combined years in the window blind industry.
For more details call us today on 021 435 4959 or visit our website for more information.