Winter is a week away and those freezing cold mornings and nights are about to hit us! Winter brings a spike in energy usage with just about everyone turning those heaters up every day and, inevitably, there’s the spike in those gas bills. A considerable amount of the heat in your home, whether built up with sunlight, or through heat pumps and space heaters can be lost through your windows. In fact, windows account for as much as 40 per cent of heat loss, according to the Australian Window Association.
At Victory Curtains and Blinds, we know the value in having the right window furnishings installed in homes, as they provide climate control, light control, aesthetics, security, privacy, energy efficiency and remote control functions.
We’re focusing on energy efficiency in this week’s blog, as you can not only renew your current window furnishings, but you can also help to insulate your windows and keep your home warm, this winter.
Honeycomb Blinds or Cellular Blinds
Honeycomb Blinds or Cellular Blinds are an incredibly practical window covering with exceptional insulation properties. The fabric’s innovative honeycomb shape helps to trap the air, keeping your home cool in summer and warm in winter. Victory’s Honeycomb Blinds or Cellular Blinds will improve your home’s energy efficiency, helping you save on heating and cooling. Installing them inside your window frame closest to the window glass will minimize heat loss.
These Blinds can be installed in their traditional form or can be customised as a Top Down Bottom Up window covering, that can be raised from the bottom up or the top down, allowing light through either the top or bottom to control privacy. Honeycomb or Cellular indoor blinds are the perfect choice for a contemporary or industrial look. Available in a variety of colour choices, you won’t sacrifice style for comfort.
Curtains and Drapes
There is no better way to add the feeling of warmth, texture and coziness to a room than with Curtains and Drapes. There are several ways to make them both beautiful and energy efficient as well.
Here are our tips for maximizing the warming potential of your curtains and drapes:
- Choose floor-length panels.
- Extend curtains and drapes beyond the width of the window if possible. Wide panels help prevent heat loss at the sides, and you can take advantage of a full view when they’re open.
- A tight, woven fabric is best for efficiency when combined with a white or light-coloured lining. Add a thermal interlining for maximum benefit in cold climates.
Victory’s heavy, lined curtains and drapes are also excellent for blocking out the light when coupled with pelmets.
Plantation shutters are not just a coastal style option and are often overlooked, but they’re a great window covering option. They fit tightly in the window frame and when the louvers are closed, they create a pocket of air that insulates your windows. Wooden louvers allow you to control light and privacy. Shutters are energy efficient and add a traditional, timeless elegance and value to any home.
Finally, to have the greatest impact on saving energy, like fashion, think layers! Hang drapery panels with cellular blinds, shutters or roller blinds, to have greater control over light and privacy, as well as to create an additional barrier that will help to reduce your heating bill.
Consider investing in energy efficient window treatments this winter, so you save money on your heating bills and still have the style of home you want. Book an in-home consultation with our award winning team and have a décor consultant help you bring your vision to life!