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Stylish ways to save energy with thermal blinds

Tuesday, December 03, 2013   by: Greener Ideal
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Photo via Chris RubberDragon

It seems an obvious point that, in your home, heat is likely to escape through the window. In fact, when compared to a piece of wall the same size, you lose up to five times more thermal energy through your window.

Yet, when it comes to insulating our homes, we seem reluctant to invest in energy saving window dressings, preferring instead to opt for more traditional and expensive forms of insulation.

Perhaps there’s a reason for that. Whether blinds, curtains or shutters your window dressing is an integral part of your design scheme and, therefore, energy saving properties tend to slip down our list of priorities when choosing what to buy.

But that needn’t be the case. Gone are the days of horrible, plastic-looking blinds that effectively insulate your property but do absolutely nothing for the look of your home. Now you have so many options to choose from when it comes to decorating your home and saving energy.

 

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are a classic design choice. Offering multiple configurations they’re perfect for adjusting the amount of light that comes in to your home. You can close them completely to block out the light, open them up to let the light shine through or twist them to different gradients for a soft, filtered look. With an energy saving vertical blind, you get all of these things plus a thermal fabric that works to reflect heat back into your home. Keeping them closed at night will ensure you wake up to a cosy living space without having to touch that dial on your radiator.

 

Roller Blinds

Smart and sophisticated, roller blinds are incredibly versatile. There’s not a room in your home where a roller will look out of place and they are often made from waterproof materials which makes them great for kitchens and bathrooms. An added benefit of a roller blind is that they come in all sorts of patterns to suit your design scheme. Energy saving rollers simply include a special, pearlised backing that stops heat from escaping and traps it inside your home. It also works during the summer to reflect the sunlight, keeping your home cool and eliminating the need for air conditioning.

 

Pleated Blinds

Pleated blinds are usually available in a range of contemporary colours and their cordless system makes them both smart looking and child friendly. The most energy efficient blind you can find, they use a honeycomb structure that traps hot air, preventing it from getting out. Using an energy saving pleated blinds is like throwing a blanket over your window and they come with an optional aluminium lining that saves you even more energy. Alternatively, you can opt against the lining and allow beautiful soft filtered light to shine through while still saving on your heating.

With so many different types of blind to suit every style, there really is no excuse not to put energy saving at the top of your priority list next time you come to dress the windows in your home.

This article is contributed by tuiss.

 

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