Winter’s Coming! What’s not to love?
Slow-cooked comfort food, the spicy aroma of mulled wine, and of course, the welcoming warmth of a gas heater, ducted heating, or maybe even a roaring fire.
Did you know that 30 to 40% of that heat you generate inside your home is lost through your windows1 – particularly large ones?
Ordinary window glass possesses virtually no insulation qualities, so it’s no surprise that window coverings are essential for retaining warmth and energy savings.
Now’s the time to prep your home to save money, stay toasty – and on-trend.
Operable window coverings such as Blinds and Shutters can be shut to trap the heat your appliances generate inside and seal air leaks from outside. When opened, they can control the amount of natural light and heat that comes into your home from the winter sun.
Even though they’re easy to operate, one study has found that 75% of residential window coverings go untouched every day3.
If this sounds like your home, try opening the blinds on windows that receive direct sunlight in the morning, and allow the sun to heat your home throughout the day. It will mean your heaters won’t have to work so hard at night, hence reducing your energy bills.
To make it even easier, Half Price Shutters have a range of motorisation options that let you operate both internal and external window coverings with remote controls. The latest home automation systems raise the bar even further, quite literally, by giving you control from anywhere via a smartphone or web-enabled device.
Half Price Shutters have a wide range of internal blinds – Panel Glides, Venetians, Verticals and Roller Blinds are all popular options. Innovative fabrics mean they can all provide good insulation, as long as they are correctly fitted.
Roller Blinds provide the best insulation. These sleek, sophisticated-looking blinds fit snuggly inside the window frame and are raised and lowered from a roller bar fitted at the top of the window.
They come in a variety of colours and fabrics. The sheer and translucent fabrics are too lightweight to provide much insulation, but they do offer privacy, excellent visibility, and reduced sun glare.
For a wonderfully warm home, go for block out materials, heavier textured fabrics, and fabrics with reflective weaves. They all offer more privacy and much better thermal protection. It’s all down to the way layers of air are trapped between the fabric and the glass, helping to seal off the windows.
For the best of both worlds, a Dual Roller with two blinds is the go; one sheer to let the sun in during the day and one block out to retain the warmth at night.
To top it off add a pelmet, or box that hides the roller bar, for an extra touch of style and insulation. Pelmets neatly encase the gap between the top of the roller and the window, preventing heat loss and reducing the flow of cold air from outside into your space.
Internal Plantation Shutters look chic and make great insulators. Half Price Shutters make them to measure, so they fit tightly within your window frames. Their 2-way closure feature allows them to shut so securely that they prevent cold air from entering and the heat generated inside from escaping.
In fact, in a university study comparing the most popular types of window coverings, Shutters provided up to 10% more insulation than curtains2.
While it’s hard to beat the natural warmth of timber, PVC and Aluminium Shutters have been shown to provide the best insulation against cold winter spells.
The PVC material is not only more resistant to moisture; it has higher thermal properties and provides a better shield against cold.
Aluminium Plantation Shutters in a range of contemporary powdered coat colours work well in alfresco areas because they can withstand harsh weather, allowing you to enjoy outdoor entertaining all year round.
External Roller Shutters
Roller Shutters are another brilliant all-weather performer.
They’re made from a high-quality aluminium alloy that’s coated with a fade and abrasion-resistant enamel finish that can take whatever the weather throws at it.
The Shutters form a protective external curtain of interlocking slats that glide together and apart, along vertical side rails.
They can be stopped at any point you desire to block out, or let in, as much fresh air and warming sunlight as you want.
When fully lowered, the slats close tightly to provide privacy, security, storm protection, and an extremely effective barrier against heat loss.
Roller Shutters are a great way to lower your energy bills. If your home is partial to winter sun, open them up on sun-drenched winter days and let the warm light flood the room. As soon as dusk falls, shut them tight to keep all that natural heat inside, and you’ll use less energy to heat up your home at night.
Is your home craving a winter warm-up?
It’s only to be expected that the chill of winter will bring a spike in energy usage. But, if you crank up the heater and the room won’t get any warmer, it’s probably time to cover your windows with energy-efficient Blinds and Shutters.
Half Price Shutters can make-to-measure high-tech fabric blinds and elegant insulating Plantation Shutters and Roller Shutters that not only keep you warm but look great as well.
Call us on 13 61 21 for a free consultation and quote – and discover why Half Price Shutters has been the number one choice in Australia for over 15 years. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Windows account for as much as 30-40 per cent heat loss, according to the Australian Window Association
- PVC Shutters, better than curtains: The University of Newcastle School of Engineering.
- 75% of residential window coverings remain untouched every day. https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/energy-efficient-window-attachments