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Thermal Blinds


The buzzword right now which is on the tip of everyones tongues is "energy saving".  How do you save energy in the home?  Glazing is a major weakness in a buildings overall thermal performance and a major source of heat loss and gain.   

We have curated an easy to navigate collection of blinds that are the best fabrics and designs on the market which will help you to regulate the temperature in your home.  We have listed the fabrics properties so you can make an informed decision before you choose which window covering is best for you.

Our range of solar reflective thermal blinds are designed to reflect away from the home the suns UV (ulta violet) and IR (Infra-red radiation) helping to keep you cool in the summer.  These same blinds also create a thermal barrier during the winter by facilating the prevention of the internal heat within your home touching your glass and leaving the house.

 

Thermal Blackout Blinds

Our thermal blackout blinds feature a white or silver metallic backing that repels the suns oppressive heat and light. These thermal blinds keep your room dark and cool so they are ideal bedroom blinds and nursery blinds. Our thermal window blinds are available in thermal vertical blinds, replacement vertical blind slats, roller blinds, cordless roller blinds, motorised roller blinds, bifold door blinds and Skylight blinds.

Thermal Translucent Blinds

Our thermal translucent blinds feature a solar reflective pearlescent backing which reflects alot of the heat and glare of the sun back out of the room.  This solar reflective backing filters the light beautifully into your home but keeps the glare out. Ideal for living rooms and conservatories. Our solar reflective blinds are available in vertical blinds, replacement blind slats, roller blinds, cordless roller blinds, blinds for bifold doors and electric remote control blinds.

 

Thermal/Solar Reflective Roller Blinds

Thermal Roller Blinds

 

Thermal/Solar Reflective Cordless Roller Blinds

Thermal Cordless Roller Blinds

 

Thermal/Solar Reflective Vertical Blinds

Thermal Vertical Blinds

 

Thermal/Solar Reflective Replacement Vertical Blind Slats

Thermal Replacement Vertical Blind Slats

 

Thermal/Solar Reflective Electric Blinds

Thermal Electric Blinds

 

Thermal/Solar Reflective Bifolding Door Blinds

Thermal Bifolding Door Blinds

 

Thermal/Solar Reflective Skylight Blinds

Thermal Skylight Blinds

 

 

 

This video investigates the importance of using blinds to insulate your home and how this can save you money.

Blinds if used correctly prevent the warm air escaping from the home in the winter and can also stop the short infra red rays of the sun entering through glazing in the summer.   During the summer the suns Ultra violet and Infra red rays enter the home through the windows and then they get trapped in the home in the form of long wave radiation.  This long wave radiation finds it difficult to leave the home unless it is forced out with air conditioning or pushed out with a through breeze which can only really be achieved when the heat of the day has passed and there is a breeze.  Cooling the room down is therefore reliant on airconditioning which is expensive and produces carbon thus creating a vicious cycle of contributing to the green house effect.  By closing your thermal blinds on hot days you are preventing the suns rays entering in the first place and thus reducing the need for expensive and eco unfriendly air conditioning.

During the winter you should harness the suns rays during the day by opening your blinds and harvesting the free solar energy that you gain through the windows.   When the sun goes down close your thermal blinds to trap the heat inside.   

We view thermal window blinds as thermostats for your windows which you can turn up and down as you please.  You should also consider automating the blinds so they can close at sunset and open at sunrise in the winter and vice versa in the summer.

Blinds have traditionally been used for privacy and light control with extra consideration on aesthetics.  But windows are natual weak points of the home and easily facilitate solar gain and heat loss.  With this in mind and the inflated cost of energy and rising global temperatures you as home owners are needing your blinds to work harder than ever before.   Some blinds can now help you to keep cool in the summer, warm in the winter and reduce your energy consumption.

There are several types of energy saving blinds on the market the most common is the honeycomb blind, but what if you want a classic blind like a roller blind or vertical blind.  Does such a thing exist in a thermal fabric?  Course it does!  You don't need to sacrifice style over function?

A blinds thermal and optical performance comes from a combination of design of blind chosen and the composition of the fabric in relation to coatings and types of weaves.   By understanding the different properties of each type of blind fabric you can make an informed decision that will help you get the most out of your window coverings.

 

The UK climate has defined seasons and in the winter we need to heat our homes to keep them warm and prevent heat loss. And similarly in the summer we need to cool our houses and prevent heat gain. With energy prices continuing to rise, it makes sense to try to reduce the amount we use. One way is to insulate our homes. We insulate our lofts to stop heat loss through the roof and we insulate our walls to keep heat in. Often the weakest point are the windows, but how do you insulate them? One way could be to replace the entire window with a more energy-efficient option in terms of glass, frame and locking system. But this is expensive. A simple and lower-cost alternative is to install a blind to add a layer of insulation to your windows. And if you already have blinds on your windows then perhaps you need to consider the way you are using them Think of blinds as insulation for your windows. Saving money in the winter by the correct use of blinds really is that simple.

 

Let's look at some basic science. A U-value is the measure of the amount of heat lost by an object. The lower, the better. A standard double glazed window typically has a U-value of 2.9. Add an internal blind and the U-value could improve to 2.1. That's nearly a 30% improvement just from using the correct blind. Research conducted by Glasgow Caledonian University has proven that a roller blind constructed from an energy-saving fabric is as effective as lined curtains at preventing heat loss. And research has clearly shown that blinds will almost always improve the U-value of a window. How much will obviously depend on the glazing and the blind used. If you have old, drafty windows, why not consider a blind which is contained in its own frame? Called cassette blinds, these improve the thermal efficiency of the blind by removing any gaps around the extremities. Advice by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers and studies by others have shown that a cassette blind with an insulating fabric can improve U-values by over 40%.

Using your blinds correctly is important to maximize their benefit, and it really is very simple. In the winter, blinds should be opened in the morning to harvest free solar energy, but closed again when the sun goes down to help retain the heat. Of course, you could automate your blind by using motors and sensors to ensure you are always maximizing your energy saving.

 
 

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