As the weather cools down it’s a great time to start thinking about window furnishings to keep your home comfortable. What we’re all looking for are window furnishings to keep you warm, while keeping energy bills down.
Most of us know that beautiful window furnishings can completely change the look and feel of any room. They can create atmosphere and adding another textural layer to your interior palette. But many people don’t consider how much of a difference blinds and curtains can make to the thermal properties of your home. It’s definitely worthwhile looking into which types of blinds and curtains will make a difference to your energy bill, particularly as the cost of living is on the rise.
“Putting the right blind into your home reduces the cost of having your heater running at full capacity in the winter months and vice versa in the summer. At Tuiss Blinds Online however, you can make your windows a design feature with beautiful brands and prints. This changes the look and feel of your home while still maintaining the energy efficiency, giving you the best of both worlds.”Matthew Walsh, Managing Director of Tuiss Blinds Online
Did you know that curtains with a blockout lining provide the best thermal insulation out of all window furnishings on the market? They provide a huge benefit all year around, offering complete privacy and total light control. They also help with energy savings in both winter and summer. On those cold winter nights, think of them like a big warm blanket on your windows. The curtains make sure your entire home stays toasty and warm! We have so many different colours and prints to choose from. You can choose to have your curtains be a subtle feature in the space. Or have them be the absolute hero with a fabulous designer fabric to make a statement. For the maximum thermal protection with curtains, think about floor to ceiling curtains that extend past the edges of the window. You might even consider wall to wall curtains for a beautiful feature.
The ultimate energy saving blind is the the Tuiss blockout honeycomb blinds that featuree pleated pockets lined with aluminium. New the range are double honeycomb blinds that, as the name suggests, have two layers of these ingenious pleated pockets. The pleated pockets effectively trap the energy in the cells, giving you the ultimate thermal protection for your home. The heat gets trapped in the cells during winter to keep the room warm, so your heater doesn’t have to work overtime to keep you nice and cosy. That means you’re also saving money on your power bills. A nice little bonus with these ones is that they can help muffle sound too, so if you live on a busy road, these ones would be a great choice.
Opting for blockout lining on your blinds not only keeps the sun from interrupting your sleep-ins on the weekend, but the lining provides a great barrier right at your window to keep the cool winter air out, and the warm heated air in the room with you. Again, this works in the summer months as well to keep your home nice and cool. At Tuiss Blinds Online you can choose to upgrade to a blockout lining on curtains, roman blinds and roller blinds.
We often think of outdoor blinds in the summer months to keep the heat out of our homes, but our Shade IT outdoor window blinds also offer an additional layer of thermal protection in the winter. Outdoor blinds help with insulation for year-round temperature regulation. With a 1% open weave, the fabric of the outdoor blinds still offer a view to the outdoors while providing UV and sunlight protection.
Often overlooked in terms of thermal protection, solid timber plantation shutter blinds create a perfect barrier at the window to keep the cold out. Tuiss shutters are made from high quality, sustainable Paulownia wood that look incredibly timeless and effortlessly stylish as well. As the shutters close completely too, they provide a beautiful blockout solution.
Think of it this way, just as your layer up your clothing on those cold days to stay nice and cosy, you can layer up your blinds and curtains too! Just because you’ve opted for a blockout roman blind or a honeycomb blind doesn’t mean you need to miss out on the soft dreamy look of curtains. A popular trend we’re seeing is installing a soft sheer s-fold curtain over the top of a blockout blind. This gives you the ultimate flexibility when it comes to both thermal insulation and light control. Add an outdoor blind to this combo and you’ve got all bases covered!