How blinds can help warm your home this winter
Whether you’re getting the electric blanket out, firing up the heat pump, or making sure you have enough firewood for the coming months - winter is here. And while there are plenty of ways to warm your home from inside, if you start with your windows it’s possible to stop some of the cold from getting in to begin with. The right blinds, or the right combination of curtains and blinds, can warm your home and help insulate your windows against the elements. So, if you’re wondering “how can I warm up my home?” here’s three options worth considering this winter.
Also known as cellular shades, honeycomb blinds get their name from their unique shape. They’re made this way to trap air and slow its movement in or out of a room, and there’s a reason they’re called “designers’ double glazing,” too.
Consumer NZ found that of all window coverings, honeycomb blinds retain the most heat (at around 60%) when compared to other options. This is because they’re able to regulate the temperature of any space and help keep your home warm in winter, cool in summer, and a little less noisy year-round.
Honeycomb blinds are available in blockout and thermal-lined options which incorporate a foil that traps more heat as well, especially when hung as an inside fit. They’re also easy to operate and safe around children.
Thermal blockout blinds
When it comes to roller blinds, thermal blockouts are specifically designed to keep cold from getting into your home. Like honeycombs, they’re most effective when hung as an inside fit; and that’s because there’s less space between the blind and your window; which is where cold air can sit and sink under your window covering to enter your home.
Curtains over blinds
This option is becoming increasingly popular for a number of reasons; because not only can two coverings work better in unison, but by having blinds and curtains or drapes you’re able to get the style from any of our stunning fabrics while keeping more heat inside your home.
There are a few combinations when it comes to the blinds people hang behind their curtains, but it can come down to the region you live in, or the room you’re decorating. For example, it’s possible to hang light filter blinds behind thermal-lined curtains or roman blinds to maintain privacy and retain heat. But if you live somewhere that experiences particularly cold winters, you could have both thermal-lined blockout blinds and curtains.
To learn more about how the right blinds can transform your home this winter, download your free copy of our guide to choosing blinds today. Alternatively, get in touch to book your free, no obligation consultation. We can arrange a virtual meetings and in-home consultations with your local consultant, who is happy to show you the wide range of fabric options we have available.