Easy Ways to Keep Your Windows Insulated in the Summer
Does your home overheat in the summer? If you’re like most Sydney homeowners, keeping your home cool in the warmer months is a constant battle. As the majority of unwanted solar heat gain enters your interior through your window glass, if you want to make your home more energy efficient, there are some easy ways to keep your windows insulated in the summer months.
The most effective way to insulate your windows is to install double glazed windows. However, this can become an investment of several thousand dollars. Fortunately, with a few simple changes, like installing the right types of blinds or shutters and creating more shade outside, you can block some of Sydney’s powerful summer sun and enjoy a more comfortable home, even without an expensive window upgrade.
Keep Your Windows Insulated With Blinds
Blinds are an excellent choice for reducing unwanted solar heat gain. With both roller and panel blinds, opt for thicker materials like our Blockout blinds to stop more of the sun’s heat energy from entering your home.
For even better window insulation, have reflective colours face the outside, like whites, beiges and creams. The lighter colours will encourage some of the sun’s rays to bounce off your windows, preventing the glass from heating up as much.
Timber Plantation Shutters
If you are thinking of installing plantation shutters instead of blinds, consider real wood shutters. Natural wood has excellent insulating properties. This is because the cellular structure of wood helps to slow down heat energy, stopping some of it from entering your home.
A lot of the heat energy that enters the home is the result of your window glass heating up from sun exposure than radiating the heat into your interior. By shading your glass as much as possible from the outside, you can prevent some of the sun’s rays from heating up your glass in the first place. Window awnings, eaves and plants can all help to shade your windows and keep your home cooler in the summer.
Low E Window Film
For even more of an insulating impact, you can apply a special plastic film on your windows. An insulating window film with a low emissivity, or low E surface, will reflect infrared rays. This means, the visible light spectrum will enter, yet some of the heat energy will bounce off your window’s low E surface.
Particularly for windows that face the sun, low E film, combined with your lovely shutters or blinds and outdoor shade can keep your windows insulated. You’ll have a pleasant home, attractive window dressings – and lower energy bills.
To find out more about easy ways to keep your windows insulated in the summer, give us a call at Best Deal Shutters and Blinds. We’ll help you get the right amount of indoor shade, comfort and energy efficiency with high-quality shutters or blinds for your Sydney area home.