4 of the Best Window Coverings to Keep the Aussie Heat Out
Living anywhere in Australia, we’re all prone to the great Australian heat. In Brisbane, our summers seem to be getting longer and hotter, but at Twoshade Shutters & Blinds, we have a range of window coverings that are proven to help keep the heat out and improve your energy efficiency.
#1 Roller Blinds
Perhaps the most common window covering in most Australian homes, you can’t go past the roller blind as a heat-stopping option. Made out of performance fabric and even coming in a blackout material to keep the room dark, roller blinds are quite efficient at keeping the sun’s heat at bay. Inexpensive and available in a variety of fabrics, colours and weaves, roller blinds are also effective for privacy.
#2 Roman Blinds
Roman blinds are quite similar to roller blinds in that they are available in a variety of colours, designs and fabrics. They differ slightly from standard shades and blinds as they stack up neatly when opened and are visibly smooth, making them more suitable for those who like a sleek aesthetic within their home.
#3 Plantation Shutters
Plantation shutters are marked as one of the most effective interior window covering options for blocking out heat. Once installed, the solid slats of the shutters create a physical barrier that reflects the sun and slows the transference of heat through the glass into your home. Aluminium is a particularly effective heat-resistant material, reducing heat by up to 90%. With a simple twist of the louvers, you can control how much heat and light comes through your windows and start saving on those energy bills! To get the best results, choose a lighter colour like cream, white or soft grey as they are designed to reflect heat, whereas darker colours absorb heat.
Awnings are hands-down the best window coverings to keep heat out as they prevent the heat from hitting your glass windows in the first place. Designed to reflect heat away from your windows, awnings are fixed to the external of your window to provide maximum protection from the sun and elements. Available in a range of styles, fabrics and colours, awnings improve the aesthetics of your home’s exterior while helping to block out light, wind, and rain and reducing solar heat gain by up to 77%.
When it comes to choosing the best window coverings to keep heat out, there are a few key factors you’ll need to consider. Privacy is often the number one factor for installation of curtains and blinds, but the filtration of light and energy efficiency is often overlooked. Blinds are great for keeping a room dark while shutters are best for privacy. Both can filter light and therefore you can control the heat that comes into your home. However, another thing to consider is the environment in which they will be installed as a wet and humid area like the kitchen, laundry and bathroom are not good places to install fabric blinds. At Twoshade Shutters & Blinds, we can run you through all your options and help select the most suitable style for your home.
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