With the cost of electricity and gas soaring – and more people spending time at home than ever before - finding ways to passively heat and cool our homes is becoming increasingly important.
Choosing window coverings that effectively insulate your interiors can actually play a huge role in minimising your power costs. In fact, its estimated that 30% of a home’s internal temperature can be lost through uncovered windows1.
If you’re looking to make a smart choice with your window coverings, here are a few great options to consider:
As well as looking great, these very clever blinds have a honeycomb structure with ‘pockets’ that trap air. This creates insulation that can help keep your home’s interiors warmer in winter, as well as cooler in summer.
In a recent study, Luxaflex® Duette® Architella® Shades were shown to lower a home’s heating costs by an impressive 43%2. They even absorb unwanted exterior noise – offering a natural barrier against sound.
You can watch Neale Whittaker talking about the benefits of Luxaflex® Duette® Shades here.
While many people choose these shutters for their sophisticated and classic style, they’re also a great option for regulating your interior temperature.
These shutters are fully adjustable, which means you can manoeuvre them according to the angle of the sun at certain times of day. They also have a built-in pocket that traps air and creates another layer of energy-saving insulation.
Plus, the polyresin with which these shutters are coated naturally repels the sun’s rays, which greatly reduces heat exchange. In fact, these smart shutters repel solar rays back to the outside during summer, and can also be fully opened to let the sun shine through during winter.
Utilising both options can assist greatly with temperature control and insulation, and you can also choose the style and function that suits the individual rooms within your home - from sheer curtains which elegantly diffuse sunlight to naturally brighten up a room, to heavier curtains with thermal lining for enhanced temperature control and blockout capabilities.
A great way to keep your home warm and cosy in winter is to keep your windows uncovered during the day – and let the sun naturally heat your interiors. You then need to close your blinds, shutters or curtains as soon as the sun starts to fade, so as you don’t lose any radiant heat that’s built up.
To make this process easy, Luxaflex® offers a range of options. With PowerView® Motorisation, your shades can be opened or closed with the touch of a button – even those on the exterior of your home. You can use either Luxaflex® Pebble remote to do this, or an app on your own smartphone or device. You can even set timers – so your blinds open at a certain time in the morning, or close at a specific time in the evening. Plus, smart controls let you program your window coverings around the movement of the sun.
1 Based on information from NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System). Visit www.nabers.com.au for more information.
2Savings are based on the installation of fully-recessed, reveal-mounted Duette Architella Shades with 20mm blockout fabric in an average home in Sydney, compared with the House Energy Rating standard of Holland Blinds from AccuRate, in that home. These calculations have been modelled by an independent third party. Savings will vary based on the window type and installation.