No matter the season, it’s important that you have window coverings that help manage the heat in your home, such as by keeping it out during hot summer days. By choosing the right shutters, curtains, and blinds, you can enjoy the sun without any unbearably high temperatures, allowing you to stay comfortable in your home. With this in mind, here is a guide to the window coverings you could use to keep the Australian summer heat at bay.
1. Plantation Shutters
Plantation shutters are an efficient and affordable method for managing summer heat – with their long-lasting design serving homes for decades before requiring a replacement. These environmentally-friendly shutters are also great for saving on energy bills, lessening your reliance upon air conditioning during summer, or heating in winter; this alone makes them a great long-term investment.
On top of this, plantation shutters contain a protective varnish which eliminates the need for waxing, and even general cleaning. The tight slats and panels prevent heat from entering the building in the first place, and might also help to reduce glare when you’re sitting in the sun’s path. With an easy and cost-effective installation, you could see many benefits with plantation shutters.
2. Blackout Curtains
Blackout curtains, as their name suggests, stop light from passing into rooms. They also reduce thermal energy loss throughout the year – a process that heats the home during summer and cools it during winter. When you use blackout curtains, the opaque material also provides you with privacy from the outside world and the sun’s glare.
Blackout curtains also have special thermal variants with reflective backing, repelling even more heat from the home to keep you cool in summer. You can also expect to hear less noise pollution using these curtains, while still getting a good reduction in your bills due to their incredible efficiency and ability to insulate the home.
3. Dual Roller Blinds
The versatility of dual roller blinds could make them an excellent choice for your home, boasting both blackout and sunscreen functions that you could operate independently. Like their curtain counterparts, blackout blinds prevent light and heat from entering the home and give a good level of privacy – but dual roller blinds improve upon this by including the benefits of sunscreen blinds.
Sunscreen blinds perform similarly to blackout blinds in that they trap heat before it passes into the home, but they also provide you with a view of the outside. This means you can have more flexibility in your blinds; there may be times when you want to enjoy the beautiful summer scenes without the heat – and ones where you’d prefer to avoid bright light.
This is just a small selection of the options available when you require window coverings to help you get through warm summer days. At Ron Ayton Curtains, Blinds & Shutters, we stock a wide range of these great coverings, and our friendly team is always happy to help you find whatever you need. Feel free to browse our collection, or get in touch today for a free measuring and quote.