Energy Saving and Thermal Blinds
From double glazing to cavity wall insulation, improving the heat retention of our homes is a very contemporary concern. Not only does this save us money on energy bills, it also discourages any damp or mould growth as a result of colder walls and surfaces.
One of the simplest areas to focus on when attempting to conserve heat energy in your home is your window dressing. Blinds are a fantastic way to insulate rooms, adding an extra layer between your window and your heat source, particularly Perfect Fit blinds that sit snugly in your window recess with no gaps around the edge.
Fabric-based blinds, especially the thicker, plusher Roman or pleated models, work best here, providing greater protection against heat loss than wooden or aluminium designs, and those carefully made to measure for the window they are hung in will be more effective. Duette or honeycomb blinds are also highly recommended.
All blinds provide some level of efficacy when it comes to insulation, but there are some that are more specifically designed for this task…
What are Energy Efficient Blinds?
Some models of blind are expressly designed to be more energy efficient, providing not only insulation in the colder months, but cooling properties in the summer by reflecting UV rays away from the interior of houses (particularly conservatories).
It’s in heat retention that these blinds come into their own, however. Creating an air pocket between the window pane and the rest of the room, the blinds trap cold air and stop warmer air from escaping. Some makes and models include a honeycomb-shaped design that works effectively to aid in the reduction of heat loss from homes, while those that fit closely into the window recess stop heat from escaping around the perimeter.
Specially designed blind fabrics are available with a protective coating, usually made from natural materials such as Mica, known as an Energy Solar Protective Coating (ESP) that provides both insulating and solar reflective properties. Blinds with this additional material are not that much more expensive than standard designs, and could save you an estimated 15% on your energy bills each year (around £115 per average household).
Thermal blinds are also available, woven from warm fabrics to offer a cosy ambience and effective heat retention. However, these models are largely seasonal, and will not help to keep your home cool during the sunnier months.
All blinds provide insulating properties to different extents, so why not discuss your specific needs with the experts at Gemini Blinds.
Our team will work with you to assess your stylistic needs, performing free home visits to carry out all measuring and provide quotes, helping you to get an attractive and practical blind that most suits your requirements.
Get in touch with Gemini Blinds today for more information.