Great Ideas for Controlling the Summer Sun
If you’re looking for a way to cool your house this summer you might want to take a look at how effective your blinds are at keeping heat out of your home. The right window treatment can help control the summer sun for times when you need to cool down – without the need for air conditioning!
Making the most of your conservatory
Summer is when your conservatory really comes into its own. The abundance of glass means that the summer sun can heat your conservatory to create a beautifully warm and relaxing area. However, to prevent your conservatory from becoming too hot and stuffy, you need to consider investing in some window treatments. Installing a window blind per window section is a great way to control the heating and lighting of your conservatory as it allows you full flexibility. You can simply close or adjust individual blind sections based on where the sun is to reduce direct heat or glare, or open all the blinds for full sun and light exposure. Roller blinds, roman blinds or vertical blinds would all work well in a conservatory.
Consider the direction of your window
Northern- and southern-facing windows receive steady levels of indirect lighting, whereas eastern and western facing windows receive high levels of direct sunlight during different times of the day. It is for this reason that you need a blind that allows for more heat and light protection for these windows. You could consider something strong and durable like shutters to completely protect your home from this strong sun exposure. Another, perhaps more affordable, option is to have a blackout material added to your blinds. This would completely block out the glare from the sun and stop the heat from penetrating your room.
Pros and cons of wooden blinds
Wooden blinds are great insulators so can help to keep the heat out during hot and sticky summer months. Real wooden blinds are very light so are a perfect choice for large windows, however they are prone to weather damage. Constant high levels of sunlight may cause the wood to become discoloured and the slats can warp and bend. If you live in a humid environment, real wooden blinds would be unsuitable as consistent exposure to moisture can cause mould growth. If you want to emulate the luxurious feel of wooden blinds in a humid environment, we’d recommend choosing a faux wood. Although these blinds are made of heavier material and have a smaller selection of colours and designs, they are more durable and weather-resistant than their real wooden counterparts.
Protecting your outside space
If you want to provide some shading to your outside space, so that you can get some fresh air without risking sunburn, awnings or canopies can be a great way to provide some cool relief from the midday sun. They are also fully retractable, so you can optimise your space and lighting.
If you’re looking for the perfect blinds to control the sun this summer you can rely on Kingston Blinds to help. With a wide range of roller blinds, blackout blinds, wooden blinds and vertical blinds, we have something for every window. Contact us here for more information.