Let’s face it, we’re all looking for ways to cut down on household bills, especially this time of year with Christmas and the holidays around the corner. This year a lot of us have struggled, and heating and energy bills can really start to add up – which is the last thing you need on top of the expense of Christmas. Did you know that whether you use blinds externally or internally, they can save up to 25% of your home’s energy loss through windows? Who knew window coverings could have such an impact! Get yourself ready for Christmas and the New Year and save a few pennies with our energy saving handy tips.
How Does My House Lose Heat?
Warm air enters and leaves your home by conduction through the walls, floor, roof and, most importantly, the windows. It’s also transferred from homes by convection, through gaps in doors and windows. A typical house loses 10% of its heat through the windows, but this can be as high as 25%. This is a hugely contributing factor to heating and energy bills, and this is why it’s imperative to address and prevent this heating loss by using the appropriate window coverings.
How Can Blinds Help Energy Bills?
Installing the right kind of blinds on your windows and doors will help the heat escaping from your home through conduction. A tight window dressing, like a blind, when installed properly can create an efficient barrier between the window and the inside air, effectively trapping the heat inside the room. Blinds act as an additional insulating layer at your window, helping stop cold draughts getting inside, while preventing the room’s heat from escaping outdoors. This means you can keep warmer using less energy – and costing less money.
What Sort Of Blind Should I Buy?
The most efficient way to retain heat through blinds is to choose a blind made from high quality, heavy fabrics. These are better at conserving heat than others, so if you’re really interested in energy saving, we would recommend blinds made from our thick, blackout material. We highly recommend roller blinds and roman blinds in these materials to stay warm. For greater energy efficiency, we’d also recommend choosing blinds that are highly reflective on one side, e.g. white, and heat absorbing, e.g. dark coloured, on the other side. This will conserve heat as well as the fabric possibly can, and can be reversed with the seasons to keep rooms cool, too.
Does Blind Fit Matter?
Whatever blind you decide to buy, make sure that they’re fitted professionally and properly. For the blinds to actually retain the heat inside your rooms, they must fit your windows correctly. They should sit as close to the glass as possible, and overlap the window itself slightly. Any gaps will allow the heat to escape, reducing the efficiency all round.
How Should I Adjust My Blinds For Warmth?
Regardless of your type of blind, remember to adjust them as efficiently as possible for the time of year. Make sure to open your blinds in the morning to take advantage of winter sunshine, allowing your home to warm up naturally. As soon as the sun goes down, close them tightly to insulate your home and reduce the amount of heat that can escape.
Other Ways To Keep Warm
- Make sure to take advantage of cosy furnishings for the wintertime! Thick carpets, rugs and soft cushions provide warmth and have insulating ability, to help raise the temperature of your home.
- Invest in proper insulation for your home. This is a large initial purchase, but can save you a lot of money in energy bills in the long run. British Gas estimates that cavity wall insulation can save £160 a year, and loft insulation another £140!
- If you have a draught coming in through your front or back door, draught excluders are a cheap and effective way of reducing this heat transfer, saving you money and keeping you cosy.
We hope you’ve taken on a few ideas on staying warm and saving money. Please feel free to get in touch now and talk to one of our expert team about how Tidmarsh blinds can help you save hundreds on energy bills. Get in touch now for a free, bespoke quote.