It’s never too early to start preparing to keep your home warm this winter. As the days are getting shorter, the chill is starting to come in, and soon the warmer days will be fewer and fewer. Often we neglect our windows when it comes to insulation – depending on your windows they can account for 10% - 25% of the heat loss in a home. The good news is covering them with blinds is a cheap and efficient way to help insulate your home and reduce your energy bills
Here at Swift Direct Blinds, we have a variety of fabrics designed to go beyond the normal level of cold-prevention and barrier, many of which are energy efficient. Read on for some of our recommendations.
Choosing Thermal Fabrics
Our high-quality coated thermal fabrics are an excellent option for insulating your home. One thing we think is super cool (…or super warm?) about our thermal blind fabric is that the special high-tech coating not only keeps the heat in but it also reflects the solar heat away. This moderates the temperature in your house to keep it cool in the summer (ok, so we guess it is super cool too). A more moderate and consistent temperature means less money spent on heating your home. It can also help you from losing heat needlessly – therefore making sure you don’t have to keep the heat running 24/7 in the colder months.
Neat-Fit and Perfect Fit Thermal Blinds
One of the quickest ways to ensure your blinds retain heat is to make sure they fit correctly to your windows. Choosing blinds that fit tightly to your windows reduces gaps and therefore reduces the amount of heat that will escape.
Our most efficient blind for keeping in the heat and saving on your energy bills this winter are our perfect fit honeycomb pleated blinds. Perfect fit blinds are designed to fit any windows with a rubber seal between the glass and frame and so offer excellent insulation. These pleated blinds are also layered into a ‘honey-comb’ pocket that traps air and limits heat loss.
Much like our Perfect Fit blinds, our Neat Fit blinds also fit closely to the window and act as a draft excluder because of their tight fit. Choosing Swift Direct Blinds, rather than store-bought pre-cut blinds, means that you’ll have made to measure blinds that fit snuggly to your windows and maximize the efficiency of the thermal fabric.
We recommend our Hive Plain Cellular White Perfect Fit Pleated Blind or our Infusion Solar Concrete Perfect Fit Pleated Blind
Thermal Roller Blinds
Our Thermal Roller Blinds are both functional and stylish. Made from thick thermal and blackout material, they help heat loss from the windows. If you’re hoping for a slightly more budget-friendly option, chose Genesis Blackout Cream Roller or ThermoBlock Blackout Grey Roller blinds.
If you’re tech savvy, we also recommend their programmed timer function during the winter. You’ll be able to set your blinds to close and open at the optimal point of the day so you don’t have to worry about keeping the heat in – the Smart Hub takes care of it for you.
Roman Blinds with Thermal Lining
If Roman Blinds are more to your taste we have some beautiful and stylish options such as the Hopsack Mercury Roman Blind, the Ambassador Faux Suede White Roman Blind, or the Crushed Velvet Steel Roman Blind.
Choose thermal or interlined lining for your Roman Blinds to double the thickness and keep more heat inside your home with an extra layer of insulation.
Thermal Lined Curtains
Our final recommendation is Thermal Lined Curtains. Often people will choose heavy curtains for an energy-saving insulator as they have thermal or interlined linings. These linings prevent the heat from escaping your home and you can often combine them with blinds for additional insulation and flexibility.
Two of our most stunning thermal curtains are the grey stylish Hopsack Clay Curtain and the ultra luxe Faux Suede Charcoal Curtain.
You really can’t go wrong with any of our thermal blinds so if none of these quite catch your eye, you can find our full range of Thermal Energy-Saving Blinds here.
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