Window treatments increase thermal efficiency

Blinds, curtains and awnings aren't just for making your home look great.

The right choice of window treatments can mean less running of your cooling or heating appliances which means saving on your energy bills and helping the environment by reducing energy consumption.

The team at the Canberra Blinds, Awning & Curtain Centre are the experts when it comes to using window treatments and shade systems to keep homes cooler in summer. Owners Toni and Terry Hunt shared these tips.

Canberra Blinds, Awning & Curtain Centre in Fyshwick is locally owned by Toni and Terry Hunt. It is the only destination you'll need for window furnishings or outdoor shade systems. Photo: Supplied

Canberra Blinds, Awning & Curtain Centre in Fyshwick is locally owned by Toni and Terry Hunt. It is the only destination you'll need for window furnishings or outdoor shade systems. Photo: Supplied

Cutting the cost

When the sun is shining down on your home, the temperature indoors can increase quickly.

"This is especially true when you have patio doors or large windows. That's because solar heat easily passes through windows in the summer and, for many Canberrans, reaching for the air-con remote is the first option to cool down a hot house. But cooling systems are energy-hungry and can be expensive to run," Toni said.

"Minimise the sun's ability to heat up your home by closing blinds and awnings in the morning when you know the day is going to be a hot one. Once the sun has gone down, you can open everything up, including windows, and let the cooler night breeze flow through. It's natural air-con.

"Room darkening blinds, external awnings and innovative fabrics can effectively keep your home cool - all while adding a sense of style and luxury to your home."

Smart fabrics

With new innovations in fabric construction, some products are particularly efficient in keeping your home cooler in summer, and warmer in winter.

"Honeycomb Shades use a cellular fabric design which creates a layer of insulation. The Honeycomb range comes in a huge range of colours to suit your style and space. You'll be amazed at the difference they can make to the temperature in your home," Toni said.

"Sun control fabrics are also available to prevent the heat from penetrating your windows, as well as providing UV protection. They are the perfect option for outdoor blinds and awning systems," Terry added.

Sun blocking awnings and blinds

"Room darkening solutions help stop the sun's rays from penetrating your home. Think exterior awnings, straight drop awnings, and shades which can be closed during the day when the sun is at its peak, and then opened up to let a cool breeze in later in the day," Terry said.

The right choices here will also give you a more comfortable home across all seasons, and save energy.

See the experts

Discover clever, stylish and completely customisable solutions at the Canberra Blinds, Awning & Curtain Centre. Whether you need to refresh or repair an existing blind or pergola system, or create a completely new look for your home, the knowledgeable team have combined it all under one roof; quality brands, innovative fabric choices and decades of experience.

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