Lower Bills with Energy Saving Blinds
Energy bills are rising in the UK. Estimates suggest they will double by April 2023 from the 2021 level. Therefore, homeowners are looking for ways to lower their bills. And many believe installing energy-saving blinds is the way to do it. This post explores how energy-saving blinds work, the types of blinds and window coverings you should choose, and the value of getting them made to measure.
How Do Energy Saving Blinds Work?
Energy-saving blinds can deploy several technologies to keep your rooms warm. The first and best-known of these is insulation. Blinds trap air pockets, causing it to take longer for warmth to dissipate into the external environment.
Some energy-saving blinds also use reflective technologies. Special coatings and materials reflect infrared light into your rooms from your heaters and fireplaces, helping them stay warmer longer. Energy transfers into the walls, ceilings, furniture and even your body, making rooms stay toasty for longer.
Lastly, made to measure energy-saving blinds work by fitting your window frames perfectly. This way, there are fewer gaps, reducing airflow to your windows.
Fitting energy-saving blinds to every room in your home can lead to significant savings. You could prevent as much as 25 per cent of your property’s energy loss when you install them correctly.
Types Of Energy-Saving Blinds
Strictly speaking, all blinds are energy-saving because they create a barrier between your windows and your room. They are most effective when paired with single-glazed windows. However, they can also improve the efficiency of double- and triple-glazed windows, particularly if you installed them a long time ago.
Here are some products you might want to try for heat retention:
- Freehanging Pleated Cellular Blinds – These blinds feature a pleated pattern that runs across their entire length. They have potent insulating properties because of their internal structure and reflective characteristics. Cellular pleated blinds contain small air gaps, improving their heat-retention abilities. You can use them to prevent heat loss in the kitchen, bathroom and other areas with limited internal spaces.
- Made-to-Measure Curtains – Strictly speaking, made-to-measure curtains aren’t blinds. However, they’re a great option if you love curtains and want to lower your bills. We supply them to your precise specification, helping them minimise the loss of cold air when closed.
- Roman Blinds – You should also consider Roman blinds. Made from thicker fabric material, helping to trap air and prevent draughts. Many are available with thermal lining only adding to the energy-saving capabilities.
Blinds To Trap Heat
To benefit from your blinds’ energy-saving qualities, you’ll need to get them made to measure. We can help to ensure they match the relevant window, reducing the risk of excessive heat loss. Failing to close gaps can cause heat to escape, increasing your bills and leaving you far worse off.
To maximise the heat-trapping effects of blinds in the winter, open them on the sunny side of your house to let the sun’s light naturally warm your interiors. Then, when the sun moves over in the sky, close them again to trap warmth from your heating system.