Conserve energy with Window Furnishings
Passive solar building design or climatic design takes best advantage of the local climate and the design of windows, walls and floors store and distribute solar energy without the aid of mechanical or electrical gadgets.
Without effective energy efficient window treatments, up to 50% of a home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows. A simple way and effective way to reduce energy consumption and to protect internal furnishings from fading is by covering your windows from the hot Australian sun.
Stop the Sun before it hits your Windows
The most effective way to reduce the heat from the sun is to shade your windows and sliding doors to stop the sun seeping in. Stopping the sun’s heat before it penetrates through is up to 7 times more effective than using roller blinds or curtains.
External window shading options include, fixed metal or carbolite awnings, canvas or acryllic awnings, shutters and louvred awnings. The styles vary from fixed, straightdrop, folding arm, pivot arm awnings, with the control options being manual, crank, spring or motorised.
Aluminium roller shutters provide all year round thermal, light, and noise protection with the added benefits of security, storm protection and protection from the radiant heat of bush fires. They provide up to 90% reduction from the effects of UV rays.
Traditional awnings made from quality canvas, sun screen or acrylic materials are available as 100% block out or mesh light filtering fabrics.
Fixed carbolite awnings that have been treated can provide 99.9% UV protection. They are available in many shapes and sizes, from the traditional bull nosed, domed and the conventional flat. These awnings will last longer than traditional fabric awnings.
Window furnishings aren’t just a decoration
There are many choices of fabrics and styles of curtains to suit any style of home and many practical reasons for their installation. The effectiveness of curtains depends on the fabric choice and whether the window covering is opened, closed, raised or lowered. In order for curtains to be effective, it is recommended they reach a long way below the bottom of the window frame.
Venetians blinds allow you to control the angle of light entering the room and provide privacy allowing you to see out. Timber venetians can provide some insulating properties in a closed position though due to the slats will not be effective as other options.
Roller and roman blinds keep the heat in due to the fact they are one continuous piece of fabric and are most effective at keeping heat in when they sit up against the window frame.
Timber shutters are crafted from plantation wood or PVC and provide great insulation. Wooden shutters are selected for its long lasting elegance, consistent grain and strength. PVC shutters are fire retardant, termite resistant and mould proof making them ideal for wet areas. They provide character and real style to your home.
Australia has very diverse climates and depending on whether you’re in Victoria or QLD, more than half of your household energy use goes to heating and cooling that is wasted. The cracks and gaps in an average home equate to having a 1 x 1.5 metre windows open all of the time. Forty percent of the heat loss is through uncovered windows.
Creating a comfortable living space is as important as choosing the perfect window fashion. Contact your local awning or blind expert to get specialised advice and service. Alternatively, don’t hesitate to contact us at Fashionline Group.